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Yellow River’s tallest hydroelectric power plant


Apr 3, 2024

China Energy Group announced the opening of the first unit of the Maerdang hydropower plant on April 1. This plant, located in Qinghai province in northwest China, is the highest hydropower plant in the country with the largest installed capacity in the Yellow River basin. The first unit has a capacity of 550,000 kW and is expected to produce 13.2 million kWh of clean electricity daily, meeting the electricity needs of over a million families.

Once fully operational, the Maerdang hydropower plant will have a total installed capacity of 2.32 million kW and can produce over 7.3 billion kWh of electricity per year. This will help reduce the consumption of standard coal and carbon dioxide emissions significantly. This project is China Energy’s first integrated clean energy facility, combining hydropower, solar power, and energy storage to benefit the electricity-starved eastern region of China.

In addition to the hydropower plant, an ultra-high voltage transformer station was commissioned last September to increase the power transmission network’s voltage in Qinghai province. The smart substation is equipped with a drone system to intercept unidentified drones and can transmit about 15 billion kWh of clean electricity per year. This project promotes the use of water resources and electricity development in the upper reaches of the Yellow River.

Overall, the Maerdang hydropower plant and transformer station represent significant advancements in clean energy production and transmission in China, benefiting millions of families and reducing carbon emissions.

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