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Largest hydropower plant starts

CHINA began operating its largest hydropower station yesterday on the Yellow River after eight years of construction, as the first two units of the Laxiwa Hydropower Station connected to the grid and generated electricity.

The station, located in northwest China's Qinghai Province and the upper reaches of the river, has the largest installed capacity, tallest dam and highest outgoing voltage of all hydropower stations on the main stream of the river, China's second-longest.

The Laxiwa Hydropower Station will be a major source of power for the development of China's west as well as the national west-east transmission project with a total installed capacity of 4.2 gigawatts and a 250-meter-high arch dam, according to station officials.

The other four generators of the Laxiwa station will start running before the end of next year, the officials said.

By then, the total installed capacity of all the hydropower stations on the upper stream of the Yellow River will exceed 10GW, as several other major hydropower projects will have also been completed and come on stream.


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