Geheyan Dam

The Geheyan Dam (simplified Chinese: 隔河岩大坝; traditional Chinese: 隔河岩大壩; pinyin: Géhéyán Dàbà) is an arch-gravity dam on the Qingjiang River, a tributary of the Yangtze River, in Hubei, China.[3]

Geheyan Dam
Geheyan Dam 06.jpg
Official name清江隔河岩水利枢纽工程
LocationChangyang Tujia Autonomous County, Hubei, China
Coordinates30°28′03″N 111°8′18″E / 30.46750°N 111.13833°E / 30.46750; 111.13833Coordinates: 30°28′03″N 111°8′18″E / 30.46750°N 111.13833°E / 30.46750; 111.13833
Construction began1987
Opening date1993
Construction cost¥5 billion
Dam and spillways
Type of damArch-gravity dam[1]
ImpoundsQingjiang River
Height157 m (515 ft)
Total capacity3,400,000,000 m3 (2,756,425 acre⋅ft)[2]
Power Station
Turbines4 × 310MW
Installed capacity1,240 MW

The dam is located in Changyang Tujia Autonomous County (which is part of the prefecture-level city of Yichang), just a few kilometers to the west (upstream) from the county seat, Longzhouping Town (龙舟坪镇).

The dam was designed in 1987,[4] and is equipped with a ship lift capable of lifting vessels of 300,000 kg (660,000 lb) displacement.[5] The dam played an important role in helping to ameliorate the impact of the 1998 Yangtze Floods.

Power is generated by four units rated at 310 MW each, totalling the installed capacity at 1,240 MW.[6]

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  1. ^ "Gravity Dam Construction". CGGC. Archived from the original on 23 June 2007. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Geheyan Hydropower Station" (in Chinese). China Water Power Press. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  3. ^ "More Dams Planned for Yangtze Despite Problems". Archived from the original on 2011-06-03. Retrieved 2010-03-11.
  4. ^ "Qingjiang River Developer". Archived from the original on 2011-06-11. Retrieved 2010-03-11.
  5. ^ "Twiflex puts the brakes on shiplifts". Retrieved 2009-10-14.
  6. ^ Hydroelectric power plants in Henan and Hubei, China, archived from the original on 2012-09-05, retrieved 2010-03-11