80+1 » Three Gorges Dam http://www.80plus1.org A Journey Around the World Thu, 25 Nov 2010 14:24:05 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7.1 en hourly 1 Three Gorges Dam closed in preparation for oncoming flood crest http://www.80plus1.org/blog/three-gorges-dam-closed-in-preparation-for-oncoming-flood-crest http://www.80plus1.org/blog/three-gorges-dam-closed-in-preparation-for-oncoming-flood-crest#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2009 12:19:45 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=2756 The Chinese news service Xinhua is reporting that the ship locks at the Three Gorges Dam has been closed since Monday and has no immediate plans to reopen.

The region has been pounded by a massive rainstorm on the upper part of…

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The Chinese news service Xinhua is reporting that the ship locks at the Three Gorges Dam has been closed since Monday and has no immediate plans to reopen.

The region has been pounded by a massive rainstorm on the upper part of the Yangtze River, with water entering the reservoir at 41,000 cubic meters per second. That water level has been lowered by 28 meters down to 145 meters to preserve the safety of the facility.

The water level in the reservoir has been lowered by about 28 meters to 145 meters to ensure the dam’s safety.

ChinaDaily adds that effects of the rainstorm and flooding have caused an estimated $26 million worth of damage in the region.

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China government audit: Xiluodu dam project overbudget http://www.80plus1.org/blog/china-government-audit-xiluodu-dam-project-overbudget http://www.80plus1.org/blog/china-government-audit-xiluodu-dam-project-overbudget#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2009 16:52:46 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=2453 These days, it seems like China is just tackling one massive energy project after another. Of course, there’s the Three Gorges Dam, the South-North Water Diversion Project, and now, also, the Jinsha River dam. This is a $10 billion project that…

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These days, it seems like China is just tackling one massive energy project after another. Of course, there’s the Three Gorges Dam, the South-North Water Diversion Project, and now, also, the Jinsha River dam. This is a $10 billion project that would make it the second largest dam in the country, after the Three Gorges.

The China Daily reports today that a government audit says that the project was about $250 million overbudget and that the project was 27 months ahead of schedule, and raised the height of the dam.

The Chinese newspaper also reported that company representatives are denying the allegations made in the report.

“They have exaggerated the problems a little. We have explained to the auditors before that we have run the project according to a long-term plan,” Hong Wenhao, construction director of the Xiluodu dam project, told China Daily from the site, which borders Yunnan and Sichuan provinces in southwest China.

“The office said we have shortened 27 months of construction. Well, they have overrated our efficiency,” he said.

“There will be no safety risks under our current working procedures because we do not allow any shortcuts when we build major projects, such as the near-300-m-tall dam.”

The newspaper added that the dam would be online as early as 2013, and would be able to produce 64 billion kWh, equivalent to the entire hydropower capacity of Iceland.

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China working on the ‘Three Gorges Dam’ of wind power http://www.80plus1.org/blog/china-working-on-the-three-gorges-dam-of-wind-power http://www.80plus1.org/blog/china-working-on-the-three-gorges-dam-of-wind-power#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2009 16:20:49 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=2091 China’s not quite done with its massive energy building. Beyond the famed Three Gorges Dam and the North-South Water Diversion Scheme, the Middle Kingdom apparently is also working on a ginormous wind farm.

According to an account this past week in…

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China’s not quite done with its massive energy building. Beyond the famed Three Gorges Dam and the North-South Water Diversion Scheme, the Middle Kingdom apparently is also working on a ginormous wind farm.

According to an account this past week in the Agence France Presse, Feng Jianshen, a vice governor of Gansu province said that by 2020, China will have a fantastically large wind farm in that same northwestern province. That brings the country’s wind power energy capacity to 20 gigawatts by that point.

Adds the AFP: Zhang Guobao, head of China’s National Energy Administration, said last year that the government would build several “Three Gorges of wind power” by 2020 in provinces and regions including Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Gansu and Jiangsu.

I think that wind companies just found their newest market.

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Three Gorges Dam, China http://www.80plus1.org/places/three-gorges-dam http://www.80plus1.org/places/three-gorges-dam#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2009 06:56:37 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://90.146.8.9/80plus1/?page_id=130 Topics: Energy
Schedule: Week 3 (July 1 - July 8)
Art Projects: Three Gorges Dam of the Future
School Projects: TBD
Partner Schools: TBD

The Three Gorges Dam is the largest hydroelectric energy-producing facility in the entire world. Once fully complete in 2011, the entire…

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Topics: Energy
Schedule: Week 3 (July 1 - July 8)
Art Projects: Three Gorges Dam of the Future
School Projects: TBD
Partner Schools: TBD

The Three Gorges Dam is the largest hydroelectric energy-producing facility in the entire world. Once fully complete in 2011, the entire complex will have a generating capacity of over 22,000 megawatts, almost double that of its closest rival, the Itaipu dam on the Brazil-Paraguay border. Construction of the Three Gorges Dam, which began in 1994, was a massive undertaking. It involved the displacement of over one million local residents, and countless animal and plant species. All told, it will end up costing over 200 billion Chinese yuan, or over €20 billion.

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