The Xiangjiaba Dam (simplified Chinese: 向家坝; traditional Chinese: 向家壩; pinyin: Xiàngjiābà) is a large gravity dam on the Jinsha River, a tributary of the Yangtze River in Yunnan Province and Sichuan Province, southwest China. The facility has eight Francis turbines, four with a capacity of 812 MW and four rated at 800 MW, totalling an installed capacity of 6,448 MW. Xiangjiaba Dam is China's third-biggest hydropower station following Three Gorges Dam and Xiluodu Dam.
Construction started on November 26, 2006, and its first generator was commissioned in October 2012. The last generator was commissioned on July 9, 2014.
Location of Xiangjiaba Dam in China
|Coordinates||28°38′48″N 104°23′33″E / 28.64667°N 104.39250°ECoordinates: 28°38′48″N 104°23′33″E / 28.64667°N 104.39250°E|
|Construction began||November 26, 2006|
|Dam and spillways|
|Type of dam||Gravity|
|Height||161 metres (528 ft)|
|Length||909 metres (2,982 ft)|
|Total capacity||5,163,000,000 m3 (4,185,712 acre⋅ft)|
|Catchment area||458,800 km2 (177,144 sq mi)|
|Surface area||95.6 km2 (37 sq mi)|
|Operator(s)||China Yangtze Power|
|Turbines||4 × 812 MW, 4 × 800 MW MW Francis-type|
|Installed capacity||6,448 MW|
|Annual generation||30.7 TWh (2015)|
The output of the generating station is connected to a ±800 kV HVDC link, the Xiangjiaba–Shanghai HVDC system, which transmits much of the power to Shanghai.