Three Gorges Dam hits full throttle

Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydropower project hit full capacity this week, according to Chinese state media, when the last of 32 turbines in the giant hydropower plant were […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydropower project hit full capacity this week, according to Chinese state media, when the last of 32 turbines in the giant hydropower plant were turned on.

That’s almost ten years after the first one started operating – and two decades after the building began.

Harnessing the power of the Yangtze River, Asia’s longest waterway, the whole plant is said to have cost $22.5billion (£14.5bn).

Will all the generators working, the Three Gorges’ combined capacity is said to be 22.5 million kilowatts.