Three Gorges Dam at Full Capacity




The Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydropower project, started working at full capacity Wednesday as the last of its 32 large turbine generators was put into operation. The Three Gorges opens its sluices for water discharge in Yichang, Central China's Hubei Province, July 3, 2012. The first flood peak in this year's flood season arrived at the Three Gorges Dam on Tuesday, with the maximal water influx into the Three Gorges Reservoir of 42,000 cubic meters per second, hitting this year's record high. "With a combined generating capacity of 22.5 million kilowatts, the full operation of the generators makes the Three Gorges Dam the world's largest hydropower project and largest base of clean energy," Zhang Cheng, general manager of China Yangtze Power Co. Ltd., the operator of the generators, said at a Wednesday ceremony held in Yichang in central China's Hubei province.