World’s second-largest hydropower dam goes online in China – News Vibe24

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    BEIJING: China opened the world’s second-largest hydropower plant on Monday in what officials hailed as a milestone for Beijing’s carbon neutrality targets, despite warnings of environmental damage.
    The 289-meter-high Baihetan Hydroelectric Power Plant in southwest China, the second largest in the world after the country’s Three Gorges Dam in terms of electricity generation, went into partial operation on Monday morning, according to state media.
    The Baihetan was built with a total installed capacity of 16,000 megawatts, which means it will eventually be able to generate enough electricity once a day to meet the energy needs of 500,000 people for a full year, according to state broadcaster CCTV.
    The country has been undergoing hydroelectric construction in recent years as it struggles to meet the ever-increasing energy needs of the world’s largest population.
    The dam extends into a deep, narrow gorge in the upper reaches of the Yangtze, China’s largest river, in the earthquake-prone earthquake between Yunnan and Sichuan provinces.
    Chinese President Xi Jinping said he hoped the plant would be able to “better contribute to the goals of carbon dioxide and carbon neutrality” in a congratulatory message issued by the government.
    Monday’s Baihetan Dam trial coincides with the Communist Party’s centennial celebrations this week.
    Xi’s commitment last year to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060 has added urgency to construction.
    However, environmental groups have been warning for years that dam construction is disrupting rare plant and animal habitats, including the critical Yangtze Finless Porpoise threat.
    The construction of dams on the river has changed the composition of sediments in the water, causing “large-scale hydrophilic and human health hazards affecting the Yangtze River basins,” the scientists wrote in a publication in the journal Science of the Total Environment by Elsevier. the month.
    Huge engineering projects have also displaced hundreds of thousands of local communities and caused concern in neighboring countries.
    China’s planned Great Barrier Reef in Tibet’s Medog County, which will overtake Three Gorges Dam, has been described by analysts as a threat to Tibetan cultural heritage and a way for Beijing to effectively control a significant portion of its water supply. India.
    The impact of the dams on the Mekong section of China has also raised fears of irreversible damage to a waterway that feeds 60 million people downstream as it passes through the Vietnam Delta.


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