Bright Lights Over China

by James Cohen, Ove Arup & Partners, 13 Fitzroy St., London W1P 6BQ United Kingdom,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1987, Vol. 57, Issue 11, Pg. 59-61

Document Type: Feature article


The financing for Guangdong province's newest 700 mw coal fired electric power station came from a syndicate of 46 banks from 11 countries. The steel for the turbine generators was imported from Hong Kong. The Japanese provided the turbo generators and boilers. Most of the design was done in Hong Kong and London. And the labor and concrete was Chinese. The power station is located on the Pearl River Estuary. Three quarters of the power station sits on 25 hectares of shoreline that was reclaimed after 1.3 million cubic meters of earth were removed from a hillside. To meet tight deadlines, slip forming was used on 20 separate structures, including the pump house walls, ash settling pond, coal settling pond, coal screen and crusher house and the 210 concrete chimney windshield which was built in just 45 days. To accommodate the bulk cargo vessels that will deliver the station coal, engineers designed a jetty with a 200 × 25 m head, located 800 meters off shore.

Subject Headings: Power plants | Coal | Non-renewable energy | Electric power | Concrete | Residential buildings | Wastewater treatment | Waste disposal | China | Asia | Hong Kong | Guangdong | London | United Kingdom | Europe

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