U.S./PRC Cooperation on the Three Gorge Project

by Tingcheng Wei, Yangtze Valley Planning Office, Wuhan, China,
Darrell W. Webber, Yangtze Valley Planning Office, Wuhan, China,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '85


The Three Gorge Project is the keystone project in developing and using the Yangtze River. It is located on the main stem of the Yangtze River, about 40 km upstream from the Gezhouba Project at Yichang in Hubei Province and about 37 km upstream from the outlet of the Three Gorges from where the river flows into the plains area of the mid and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. The damsite controls a drainage area of 1 million km**2. Water is abundant every year, with a mean annual flow of 14 300 m**3/s and a mean annual runoff of 451 billion cubic meters providing a great deal of potential water power resources. The project is multipurpose and will have great benefits from flood control, power generation, navigation, and so on. This paper discusses various aspects of the project, including its objectives, U. S. Bureau of Reclamation and Chinese counterpart involvements and others.

Subject Headings: Project management | Hydro power | Rivers and streams | Power plants | Water resources | Water meters | Floods | Bureau of Reclamation | Yangtze River | China | Asia | Hubei | United States

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