June 28, 2021 – 19:18
China has partially opened what is considered the world’s second largest hydropower plant. It is about the Baihetan hydropower plant, built on the Jinsha River to attempt the major objective of energy autonomy.
An almost impossible mission, in a country with a population that is reaching 1.4 billion inhabitants. But the communist government in Beijing is optimistic that the commissioning of hydropower plants will at least limit the use of coal, one of the leading causes of environmental pollution in the Asian country.
According to estimates, the commissioning of this hydropower plant will save the use of about 20 million tons of coal, while the capacity of the hydropower plant will be 16 million kilowatts, divided into 16 generators. Two of these were inaugurated just this week, as part of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.
Even the largest hydropower plant in the world is located in China, not far from Baihetan. It is about the hydropower plant of Three Gorges, on the Yangtze River, with a capacity of 22 million kilowatts.
For the construction of the latter, however, about 1.3 million people were forced to relocate and some towns were flooded, as well as many archeological sites./a2cnn