Hydropower Development of the Hongshuihe, China

by Xuemin Cheng, Ministry of Water Resources &, Electric Power, Beijing, China,
Xiong Sizheng, Ministry of Water Resources &, Electric Power, Beijing, China,

Abstract: Power is the predominant factor in the development of the Hongshuihe River. The Province of Guangdong is the most highly developed area in the Pearl River Basin, where the fast growing economy has suffered from lack of adequate power supply. The maximum electric power demand in Guangdong were 2,000 MW in 1985, under very severe load restrictions. The Hongshuihe River is the nearest energy source to Guangdong. Transmission distances from Hongshuihe river projects to Guangzhou are between 1000 km to 400 km. A 220 KV link has already been built between Guangdong and Guangxi, and produced good economic results. Construction of 500 KV transmission lines is underway, to keep pace with the construction of large hydro projects on the Hongshuihe River.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Power transmission lines | Power plants | Rivers and streams | Power demand | Infrastructure construction | Gravity dams | China | Asia | Guangdong | Guangzhou | Guangxi

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