The cost of the station is estimated at $19 billion and its installed capacity is 10.2 GW. Construction began at the end of 2015 and the facility began operating last year but is only now connected to the grid at full capacity.
The Wudongde station can produce 38.91 billion KWh a year at full capacity and that will result in a reduction in the use of coal in the energy balance.
Environmentalists opposed the project, saying construction caused irreparable damage to the area’s ecosystems. Participants in the project say the power dam not only produced clean electricity, but also keeps flooding in check and helps river navigation.
Hydro power is more developed in China than in any other country. In 2019 the country generated 1,302 terawatt hours of power – the country is home to the world’s four largest hydroelectric stations. That is more than is produced thoughout Russia.
The project will help China achieve its aim of reaching a maximum level of carbon emissions in 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. But experts also believe that the potential for hydro power in China has been exhausted and the country will now turn to smaller hydro stations.