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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.[2] The last generator was commissioned on July 9, 2014.[3]

Xiangjiaba Dam
Xiangjiaba Dam is located in China
Xiangjiaba Dam
Location of Xiangjiaba Dam in China
Official name向家坝
Coordinates28°38′48″N 104°23′33″E / 28.64667°N 104.39250°E / 28.64667; 104.39250Coordinates: 28°38′48″N 104°23′33″E / 28.64667°N 104.39250°E / 28.64667; 104.39250
Construction beganNovember 26, 2006
Opening date2012
Dam and spillways
Type of damGravity
ImpoundsJinsha River
Height161 metres (528 ft)
Length909 metres (2,982 ft)
Total capacity5,163,000,000 m3 (4,185,712 acre⋅ft)
Catchment area458,800 km2 (177,144 sq mi)
Surface area95.6 km2 (37 sq mi)[1]
Power Station
Operator(s)China Yangtze Power
Commission date2012-2014
Turbines4 × 812 MW, 4 × 800 MW MW Francis-type
Installed capacity6,448 MW
Annual generation30.7 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.

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  1. ^ "About Xiangjiaba Hydropower" (in Chinese). Shuifu Development and Reform Bureau. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  2. ^ "October impoundment acceptance of the Xiangjiaba Hydropower Station was officially launched" (in Chinese). International Power Grid. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Xiangjiaba, Xiluodu hydropower generating units put into the equivalent of a Three Gorges Power Station" (in Chinese). People's Daily Online. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014.