Liyuan Dam

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Liyuan Dam
Liyuan Dam is located in China
Liyuan Dam
Location of Liyuan Dam in China
LocationBorder of Yulong County and Shangri-La County, Yunnan Province
Coordinates27°39′42″N 100°17′24″E / 27.66167°N 100.29000°E / 27.66167; 100.29000Coordinates: 27°39′42″N 100°17′24″E / 27.66167°N 100.29000°E / 27.66167; 100.29000
Construction began2008
Opening date2014
Construction cost16.2 billion RMB ($2.4 billion USD)
Dam and spillways
ImpoundsJinsha River
Height155 m (509 ft)
CreatesLiyuan Reservoir
Total capacity727,000,000 m3 (589,388 acre⋅ft)
Catchment area220,000 km2 (84,942 sq mi)
Surface area14.73 km2 (6 sq mi)
Power Station
Commission date2014-2015
Turbines4 x 600 MW
Installed capacity2,400 MW

The Liyuan Dam is a concrete-face rock-fill dam on the Jinsha River on the border of Yulong County and Shangri-La County, Yunnan Province, China. The dam will have an associated hydroelectric power station with a 2,400 MW power station containing 4 x 600 MW generators. Construction on the river diversion for the dam began in 2008.[1][2] It began to impound its reservoir in November 2014 and on December 28, 2014 the first generator was commissioned.[3][4] The second generator was commissioned in July 2015.[5]

The 155 m (509 ft) dam withholds a reservoir of 727,000,000 m3 (589,388 acre⋅ft), of which 209,000,000 m3 (169,439 acre⋅ft) is active or "useful" storage. The normal reservoir level is 1,618 m (5,308 ft) above sea level with a minimum of 1,602 m (5,256 ft). The catchment area for the reservoir in the upstream basin is 220,000 km2 (84,942 sq mi) while the reservoir surface area is 14.73 km2 (6 sq mi).

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  3. ^ "Liyuan hydropower impoundment under a success" (in Chinese). Northwest China Hydropower Survey and Design Institute Advisory Group. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
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