Hydroelectric Power Plants in China - Yunnan

Ahai
Location: Yunnan
Operator: Yunnan Jinsha River Hydropower Co Ltd
Configuration: 5 X 400 MW Francis
Operation: 2012-2013
T/G supplier: Tianjin Alstom Hydro
EPC: Sinohydro
Quick facts: In Nov 2002, Jinsha River Hydropower began development of the 2-GW Ahai hydropower project on the middle reaches of the Jinsha River in Yulong County, Lijiang City. The project company is a JV of China Huadian (35%), China Huaneng (23%), China Datang (23%), Hanergy Holding (11%), and Yunnan Investment Group (10%). The river diversion was completed in 2008, but Ahai did not receive final NDRC approval until Jan 2011 after final environmental studies. River closure was in Dec 2011 and Unit-1 completed its 72hr test run on 27 Dec 2012. Estimated annual production is 8,992 GWh. The plant is connected to the regional 500kV grid.

Photograph courtesy of China Huadian Group
Posted 17 Mar 2013

Dachaoshan
Location: Yunnan
Operator: SDIC Electric Power Co
Configuration: 6 X 225 MW Francis
Operation: 2001-2003
T/G supplier: Canadian General Electric
EPC: Kunming Hydropower Design Institute, China Gezhouba Group Corp
Quick facts: The $950mn Jinghong plant is one of six power stations on the middle and lower Lancang River and is located 400km upstream from Chiang Rai in northern Thailand. Feasibility studies for the site started in 1993 in consortium with MDX Power Co (now GMS Power). In January 2005, Harbin Electric and Alstom were awarded the contract for the Jinghong T/G sets. The first unit went commercial on 17 Jun 2008 at 830am. The project has a RCC gravity dam, ship lock, flood discharge works, and T&D facilities.

Photograph courtesy of Ningxia University School of Civil and Hydraulic Engineering
Posted 6 Sep 2008

Gelantan
Location: Yunnan
Operator: Datang Lixianjiang Hydropower Development Co Ltd
Configuration: 3 X 150 MW Francis
Operation: 2008
T/G supplier: Harbin
EPC: Beifang Investigation Design & Research Co, Sinohydro Bureau 14
Quick facts: In Oct 2002, Datang Lixianjiang Hydropower Development Co Ltd was established to build a new hydropower station as part of a cascade development on the Lixianjiang River in Simao district, Pu’er City. The development company was invested by Datang Power (70% equity), Beijing State Power Anrong Energy Source Investment Co (25%), and Yunnan Simao State Assets Management Co (5%). A 113m tall, 466m long RCC dam was built for the project. River closing works started in Jan 2006 and impoundment began in July 2008. All three units were online by Dec 2008.The plant cost about Rmb 3bn. Beifang Investigation, Gelantan generates about 2,000 GWh/yr.

Photograph courtesy of www.powerfoo.com
Posted 10 Aug 2011

Gongguoqiao
Location: Yunnan
Operator: Huaneng Lancang Hydropower Co Ltd
Configuration: 4 X 225 MW Francis
Operation: 2011-2012
T/G supplier: Toshiba Hydropower
EPC: Northwest Hydro Consulting Engineers, Sinohydro Bureau 4
Quick facts:In Jany 2005, the pre-feasibility study was approved for the Gongguoqiao power station on the Lancang River in Yunlong County, Dali Ba Autonomous Prefecture. The site is between the proposed Miaowei dam upstream and the Xiaowan project downstream. The Rmb 9bn project has a 105m tall, 356m long RCC dam and was Yunnan's first major hydropower station during the 12th Five Year Plan period. Concrete placement began in May 2009. The first unit went online on 15 Nov 2011 and Unit-4 completed on 21 Jun 2012.

Photograph courtesy of www.nhjd.net
Posted 8 Sep 2012

Hale
Location: Yunnan
Operator: Zhaoheng Hydropower Co Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 13 MW Francis
Operation: 2005
T/G supplier: Liyuan

Photograph courtesy of Zhaoheng Hydropower Co Ltd
Posted 3 Oct 2012

Houpayan
Location: Yunnan
Operator: Qiubei County Qingshui River Hydropower Development Co Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 12 MW Francis
Operation: 2009
T/G supplier: Kunming
EPC: Yunnan Hydropower Construction Co
Quick facts: This SHP is in Qiubei County, Wenshan Prefecture. Work began in Jul 2006 and completed in Dec 2009. The 90.5m tall single-curvature arch dam is constructed of unexposed aggregate concrete. Total length is 203m.

Photograph courtesy of Yunnan Hydropower Construction Co Ltd
Posted 24 Feb 2013

Jin'anqiao
Location: Yunnan
Operator: Hanergy Group Co Ltd
Configuration: 4 X 600 MW Francis
Operation: 2011
T/G supplier: Dongfang
EPC: China Gezhouba Group
Quick facts: In Aug 2003, preparatory work was officially launched on the Jin'anqiao power station in Lijiang City in the middle reaches of the Jinsha River. The lead investor is Hanergy Holding with an 80% stake. Minority investors include Yunnan Jinsha River Hydropower Development Co Ltd (12%) and Yunnan Development and Investment Co Ltd (8%). Work started on the diversion tunnels in Jan 2004, and these completed in November 2005. The RCC dam reaches 160m and has a crest length of 640m. The dam works were officially completed in Nov 2010, having weathered several large-scale flood events, including one in March 2010. This is said to tbe the largest "private power" hydropower project in China.

Photograph courtesy of Hanergy Group Co Ltd
Re-posted 1 Nov 2013

Jinghong
Location: Yunnan
Operator: Yunnan Electric Power Group Co Ltd
Configuration: 4 X 350 MW
Operation: 2008
T/G supplier: Alstom, Harbin, Dongfang
EPC: Kunming Hydropower Design Institute
Quick facts: The $950mn Jinghong plant is one of six power stations on the middle and lower Lancang River and is located 400km upstream from Chiang Rai in northern Thailand. Feasibility studies for the site started in 1993 in consortium with MDX Power Co (now GMS Power). In January 2005, Harbin Electric and Alstom were awarded the contract for the Jinghong T/G sets. The first unit went commercial on 17 Jun 2008 at 830am. The project has a RCC gravity dam, ship lock, flood discharge works, and T&D facilities.

Photograph courtesy of Kunming Hydropower Design Institute
Posted 6 Sep 2008

Liuping
Location: Yunnan
Operator: Aba Hydroelectricity Development Co Ltd
Configuration: 3 X 40 MW
Operation: 2009
T/G supplier: Chongqing
EPC: Sinohydro
Quick facts: Liuping is in Aba Tibetan Qiang Autonomous Prefecture and is the final plant in the Heshui River cascade. Construction started in Sep 2005, but the site is only 65km from the epicenter of the Wenchuan County earthquake of May 2008 and the construction process was considerably interrupted.

Photograph courtesy of Sinohydro
Posted 18 Apr 2009

Longkaikou
Location: Yunnan
Operator: Huaneng Lancang Hydropower Co Ltd
Configuration: 5 X 360 MW Francis
Operation: 2013-2014
T/G supplier: Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation Shanghai
EPC: East China Electric Power Design Institute, Hydrochina Huadong Engineering Corp, China Gezhouba, Sinohydro
Quick facts: In Sep 2007, construction got underway on the Longkaikou hydropower station in Heqing County, Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture. In Mar 2008, Voith Siemens Hydro Shanghai won a €65mn contract for five 400-MVA generators for the plant. In June 2009, the Ministry of Environmental Protection discontinued examination and approval of Longkaikou and the 2,040-MW Ludila project downstream pending resolution of environmental and permitting issues, an almost unprecedented development. The construction halts were rescinded in the second half of 2010 The fist unit online, UNit-2, commissioned in May 2013..

Photograph courtesy of Sinohydro
Re-posted 17 Mar 2013

Ludila
Location: Yunnan
Operator: Huadian Yunnan Generating Co Ltd
Configuration: 6 X 360 MW Francis
Operation: 2013-2015
T/G supplier: Dongfang, Tianjin Alstom Hydro
EPC: Hydrochina Xibei Engineering Corp, Sinohydro
Quick facts: Dam construction at Ludila began in 2007. As with Longkaikou, the Ministry of Environmental Protection discontinued examination and approval of the project in Jun 2009. The construction halts were rescinded in the second half of 2012 and Unit-1 commissioned on 21 Jul 2013.

Photograph courtesy of China Huadian Group
Posted 17 Mar 2017

Lushuihe
Location: Yunnan
Operator: Huadian Yunnan Generating Co Ltd
Configuration: three powerhouses, 65.5 MW capacity
Operation: 1958-1972
T/G supplier: Chongqing, Harbin
Quick facts: This hydropower complex on the upstream Honghe River in Lushui County, Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture.

Photograph courtesy of China Huadian Group
Posted 17 Mar 2017

Madushan
Location: Yunnan
Operator: Guangdong Hydropower Group Co Ltd
Configuration: 3 X 100 MW Francis
Operation: 2011
T/G supplier: Tianfa
EPC: Guangdong Hydropower Planning and Design Institute, Guangdong No 2 Hydropower Engineering Co Ltd
Quick facts: Madushan is on the Honghe in Honghe Hani AP. Construction began in May 2007 The first unit commissioned on 28 Feb 2011.

Photograph courtesy of www.yunnanpower.cn
Posted 20 Oct 2012

Malipo Maomaotiao
Location: Yunnan
Operator: Yunnan Wenshan Electric Power Co
Configuration: 2 X 20 MW
Operation: 2004
T/G supplier: ??
EPC: Yunnan Hydropower Construction Co
Quick facts: This SHP is in Malipo County, Wenshan Prefecture.

Photograph courtesy of Yunnan Hydropower Construction Co Ltd
Posted 24 Feb 2013

Malutang
Location: Yunnan
Operator: Datang International Power Generation Co Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 50 MW, 3 X 100 MW Francis
Operation: 2004-2010
T/G supplier: GE Hydro Asia
EPC: Kunming Hydropower Design Institute, China Gezhouba Group, China International Water & Electric Corp, Guangxi Hydropower Engineering Bureau
Quick facts: In Jan 2002, construction started the Malutang plant on the Panlong River in Malipo County, Wenshan Zhuang/Miao Autonomous Prefecture. A 40m, concrete gravity dam and two 50-MW Francis T/G sets were completed in October 2004 and January 2005, respectively, around 6mos ahead of schedule. In August 2005, work got underway on an extension with three 100-MW Francis sets. The first set went online in December 2009 and the extension was completed in May 2010. Average plant output is 1,800 GWh/yr.

Photograph courtesy of ynws.gov.cn
Posted 10 Aug 2011

Manwan
Location: Yunnan
Operator: Huaneng Lancang Hydropower Co Ltd
Configuration: 5 X 250 MW Francis
Operation: 1993-1995
T/G supplier: Dongfang
EPC: China National Water Resources and Hydropower Engineering, Kunming Hydropower Design Institute
Quick facts: This was the first of a planned series of dams and power stations on the lower Lancangjiang. Design provision was made for a sixth generating unit and a 300-MW set was commissioned in 2007.

Photograph courtesy of Chiang Mai University
Posted 4 May 2005

Nalan
Location: Yunnan
Operator: Datang International Power Generation Co
Configuration: 3 X 50 MW
Operation: 2005-2006
T/G supplier: ??
EPC: Kunming Hydropower Design Institute
Quick facts: Development of this plant on the Tengtiao River started in 2002. Datang owns 51% of the project, which cost about RMB 860mn.

Photograph courtesy of Datang International Power Generation Co
Posted 7 Sep 2008

Nuozhadu
Location: Yunnan
Operator: Huaneng Lancang Hydropower Co Ltd
Configuration: 9 X 650 MW Francis
Operation: 2012-2014
T/G supplier: Voith, Tiangin Alstom Hydro, Dongfang
EPC: Sinohydro, Kunming Hydropower Design Institute, Sinohydro Bureau 14
Quick facts: In Apr 2004, preparatory work began on the Nuozhadu hydroelectric plant on the lower Lancang River in Pu'er City, Simao Prefecture. The project received final NDRC approval in Mar 2011. Nuozhadu will serve mostly for power generation, but will also provide flood control and assist downstream navigation. Annual production is expected to be on the order of 24 TWh. The 261.5m vertical core-wall, rockfill dam is China's tallest and the third largest in the world. Also included in the civil works are an open spillway on the left bank, flood releasing tunnels on both banks, extensive downstream bank protection, and an underground powerhouse on the left bank. The maximum design flood spillway discharge is 31,318m³, ranking first in the world for this type of design. The units are to commission progressively from 2012 to 2014, about two years earlier than originally expected. China Huaneng estimates the total cost has risen from Rmb 45bn to perhaps Rmb 61bn. Unit-1 went into operation on 5 Sep 2012 and the last set commissioned on 26 Jun 2014.

Photograph courtesy of Xinhua
Re-posted 8 Sep 2012

Seyi
Location: Yunnan
Operator: Yunnan Luoping Seyi Power Generation Co Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 10 MW Francis
Operation: 2009
T/G supplier: Kunming
EPC: Yunnan Hydropower Construction Co
Quick facts: This project is on the Kuaize River in Kongjia Village, Jiulong Town, Luoping County, Qujing City. The dam site is 1,000m upstream of Seyi Village, and the powerhouse is 200m downstream of the dam. The concrete masonry, double-curvature arch dam is 53m tall.

Photograph courtesy of Yunnan Hydropower Construction Co Ltd
Posted 24 Feb 2013

Shilong
Location: Yunnan
Operator: Huadian Yunnan Generating Co Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 240 kW
Operation: 1912
T/G supplier: Voith, Siemens
Quick facts: The Shilong power station 40km from Kunming was developed in 1910 by a group of private investors. These two machines were among the first of their kind in the country and remain in operable condition. The plant was later expanded several times and includes China's first indigenously-manufactured 3-MW hydro set.

Photograph courtesy of China Huadian Group
Posted 17 Mar 2017

Tianhuaban
Location: Yunnan
Operator: Yunnan Hydropower Development Co Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 90 Francis
Operation: 2011
T/G supplier: ??
EPC:Hydropower Beijing Engineering Corp and Sinohydro Engineering Bureau 3
Quick facts: In Sep 2006, drilling began for the diversion tunnels for the Tianhuaban hydroelectric plant on the Jinsha River in Ludian Ping Township, Zhaotong City. The scheme includes a 113m RCC arch dam and a surface powerhouse 2.5km downstream. Machinery deliveries started in Mar 2008, and the first unit began testing in Oct 2009. Commercial operation for Units 2 and 1 was in Feb and Mar 2011, respectively.

Photograph by qif1888 (qjf1688.blog.163.com)
Posted 10 Aug 2011

Wulanghe
Location: Yunnan
Operator: Hanergy Group Co Ltd
Configuration: 4 X 8 MW Francis
Operation: 2006
T/G supplier: Nandian
Quick facts: This HPP is on the right bank of the lower reach of the Wulanghe River, in Da’an Township, Yongsheng County, Lijiang City. Construction began on 29 Jul 2005, and power generation started on 16 Dec 2006. The plant is connected to the Nankou 110kV Substation in Lijiang . Average output is 156 GWh/yr.

Photograph courtesy of Hanergy Group Co Ltd
Posted 8 Jun2014

Xiangjiaba
Location: Yunnan
Operator: China Yangtze Power Co Ltd
Configuration: 4 X 812 MW, 4 X 800 MW Francis
Operation: 2012-2015
T/G supplier: Tianjin Alstom Hydro, Harbin
EPC: Northwest Hydro Consulting Engineers, Hydrochina Zhongnan, China Gezhouba Group Corp
Quick facts: The Rmb 28.9bn Xiangjiaba project is on the Jinshajiang on the border between Yibin County, Sichuan, and Shuifu County in Yunnan Province. Work began in Nov 2006, and T/G sets were ordered in Aug 2008. River closure was in Dec 2008. The concrete gravity dam will have a maximum height of 162m and a crest length of 896m. The runners for the four 812-MW TAH units in the right bank powerhouse weigh 406t, are 10.5m in diameter and 4.7m high. These are the largest single hydroelectric units in the world and all went online in 2013. The first 800-MW Harbin set in the left bank powerhouse went commercial on 24 Oct 2013. Xiangjiaba is expected to generate about 31 TWh/yr.

Photograph courtesy of China Yangtze Power Co Ltd
Re-posted 4 Nov 2013

Xiaowan
Location: Yunnan
Operator: Yunnan Huaneng Lancang Hydropower Co
Configuration: 6 X 714 MW Francis
Operation: 2009-2010
T/G supplier: Voith, Dongfang, Alstom, Harbin
EPC: Northwest Hydro Consulting Engineers, China Gezhouba Group Corp
Quick facts: In Jun 2000, preparations were completed for construction of this power station on the middle reaches of the Lancang River. The preliminary plant design was approved in 1995. 60% of the power from the Rmb 32.4bn plant is destined for export to Guangdong and Hong Kong. In Oct 2004, the river was dammed after three years of effort and full construction began on the 292m hyperbolic arch dam, the world's tallest of its kind. The main equipment contracts were awarded in Jan 2005 and the first unit went commercial on 25 Sep 2009. Annual output of the completed plant is expected to be about 19 TWh.

Photograph courtesy of China Huaneng Group
Re-posted 1 Dec 2012

Xiludou
Location: Yunnan/Sichuan
Operator: China Yangtze Power Co Ltd
Configuration: 18 X 770 MW Francis
Operation: 2013-2017
T/G supplier: Voith, Dongfang, Harbin
EPC: China Gezhouba Group, Sinohydro Bureau 14
Quick facts: The Xiluodu double-curvature arch dam on the Jinsha River is designed to reach 285.5m in height with a crest length of some 700m. This plant will will be the second largest power station in China, second only to Three Gorges Dam in terms of size, construction cost and generating capacity. Construction began in Dec 2005, after a project hold by SEPA in Jan 2005 for additional environmental assessments. River closure was in Nov 2007. There are two powerhouses, one on each bank and each with 9 extra-large T/G sets.The first T/G set at Xiludou went online in July 2013. The expected project cost is Rmb 50.34bn.

Photograph courtesy of www.yongshan.ccoo.cn
Re-posted 4 Nov 2013

Yayangshan
Location: Yunnan
Operator: Datang International Lixianjiang Hydropower
Configuration: 2 X 60 MW Francis
Operation: 2006
T/G supplier: Dongfang
EPC: Kunming Hydropower Design Institute
Quick facts: Datang is a 70% owner of the operating company.

Photograph courtesy of Datang International Power Generation Co
Posted 6 Sep 2008

Yilihe
Location: Yunnan
Operator: Huadian Yunnan Generating Co Ltd
Configuration: four plants, 322 MW total
Operation: 1960-1973
T/G supplier: Harbin, Zhejiang
Quick facts: The Maojiacun Dam on the Yili River near Jinzhong was completed in 1971. The 82.5m tall dam was tallest eartfill dam in Asia at the time. It supports a four-plant hydropower complex.

Photograph courtesy of China Huadian Group
Posted 17 Mar 2017

   

Zhangwo
Location: Yunnan
Operator: Sichuan Yibin Yili Group Co Ltd
Configuration: 3 X 20 MW
Operation: 2007
T/G supplier: ??
EPC: Sichuan Province Water Conservancy and Electric Power Engineering Bureau, China Hydropower Construction Group
Quick facts: Construction at Zhangwo stared in Oct 2003 and the project cost 100mn yuan.

Photograph courtesy of Sichuan Province Water Conservancy and Electric Power Engineering Bureau
Posted 12 Aug 2012

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 02-Jul-2014

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