Haba River Shankou Dam

The Haba River Shankou Dam (Chinese: 哈巴河山口水电站; pinyin: Hǎbā hé Shānkǒu shuǐdiànzhàn, Haba River Shankou Hydroelectric Station) is a concrete-face rock-fill dam on the Haba River, a tributary of the Irtysh. It is located in Habahe County of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China. The primary purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power generation, flood control and water supply for civil and irrigation use. It supports a 25.2 MW power station.

Haba River Shankou Dam
Haba River Shankou Dam is located in China
Haba River Shankou Dam
Location of Haba River Shankou Dam in China
Official name哈巴河山口水电站
LocationHabahe County
Coordinates48°11′00.87″N 86°25′34.88″E / 48.1835750°N 86.4263556°E / 48.1835750; 86.4263556Coordinates: 48°11′00.87″N 86°25′34.88″E / 48.1835750°N 86.4263556°E / 48.1835750; 86.4263556
PurposePower, water supply, irrigation, flood control
Construction began1992
Opening date1996; 25 years ago (1996)
Dam and spillways
Type of damEmbankment, concrete-face rock-fill
ImpoundsHaba River
Height40.5 m (133 ft)
Length550 m (1,800 ft)
Elevation at crest627 m (2,057 ft)
Width (crest)7 m (23 ft)
Spillway capacity800 m3/s (28,000 cu ft/s)
Total capacity50,000,000 m3 (41,000 acre⋅ft)
Active capacity33,000,000 m3 (27,000 acre⋅ft)
Commission date1997
Turbines4 x 6.3 MW Francis-type
Installed capacity25.2 MW
Annual generation109 million kWh

The dam is located about 15 km north (upstream) of the Habahe county seat.[1] It is the last, in the upstream-to-downstream order, of the Haba River cascade, which eventually will contain 4 dams.[1]

Construction on the 40.5 m (133 ft) tall dam began in October 1992 and its reservoir began to fill on 30 December 1996. On 13 January 1997 the power station was operational and the entire project to include the irrigation works was complete in September 1998.[1][2][3]

The dam's reservoir holds 50 million cubic meters of water.[1]


The word Shankou, which means "mountain pass", when written in Chinese characters (山口), the same as the Japanese word with the reading "Yamaguchi". Japan has several Yamaguchi Dams of its own.

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  1. ^ a b c d "山口水电站 (Shankou Hydroelectric Station" (in Chinese). Large Dam Safety Supervision Center. Archived from the original on 2015-07-04. Retrieved 7 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "2003 already built, under construction 30 meters above rockfill dam Statistics". Chinese National Committee on Dams. Archived from the original on 11 July 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Construction technology of reinforced concrete pressure pipe branch Shankou Station" (in Chinese). Power Safety. Archived from the original on 7 March 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2014.