Baihetan hydropower plant helping China to reach its net zero carbon goals

China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG) is the world’s biggest investor in hydropower and also has an impressive solar and wind portfolio.

It has taken a major step to expand China’s use of renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions with the opening of the Baihetan hydropower plant in June 2021.

Baihetan, in southwest China on the Jinsha River (a tributary of the Yangtze), has 16 generators with a capacity of 1 million kilowatts each. It is expected to be fully online by the end of 2022, and it is estimated that it will reduce carbon emissions by 51.6 million tonnes annually.

Baihetan will be China’s and the world’s second largest hydropower plant, after the Three Gorges Dam, opened in 2003 on the Yangtze, which has 22.5 million kilowatts of capacity.

The new plant is a major step to expand China’s use of clean energy sources and reduce carbon emissions, and also has important flood control benefits.

This film premiered at the 2021 World Hydropower Congress and was produced by IHA and ITN Productions in collaboration with CTG. Featuring Zhou Mengxia, Deputy Director of Technology Management for Baihetan Project, CTG, it explores the contribution Baihetan will make to transforming China’s energy system.

CTG is a Supporting Partner to the World Hydropower Congress.

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