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Three Gorges hydropower station hits world record of electricity generation

Updated: Jan 05,2021 08:57    Xinhua
Photo taken on Dec 31, 2020 shows the interior of the Three Gorges Left Bank Power Station in Central China's Hubei province. The Three Gorges Hydroelectric Power Station on China's Yangtze River has generated 111.8 billion kWh in 2020, a new world record. [Photo/Xinhua]

WUHAN — The Three Gorges Hydroelectric Power Station on China's Yangtze River has generated 111.8 billion kWh in 2020, a new world record.

It beat the previous world record for hydropower generation of 103.098 billion kWh set by Brazil's Itaipu hydroelectric plant in 2016.

The clean energy produced by the Three Gorges Hydroelectric Power Station in 2020 is estimated to be equivalent to saving about 34.39 million metric tons of standard coal and preventing the emissions of carbon dioxide by 94.02 million tons.

Chen Hui, head of the Three Gorges hydroelectric plant, said the new world record is of great significance considering the COVID-19 epidemic and floods in the Yangtze River basin in 2020.

At the beginning of 2020, the hydropower station continued to increase its output and the clean electricity it transmitted to eastern, central and southern China reached the highest level in the same period in history, which provided a strong basic energy guarantee for epidemic prevention and control and work resumption in China.

With 34 hydropower turbo-generators, the hydropower station has a generating capacity of 22.5 million kilowatts.

Photo taken on Dec 31, 2020 shows the interior of the Three Gorges Left Bank Power Station in Central China's Hubei province. [Photo/Xinhua]
Aerial photo taken on Dec 31, 2020 shows a night view of the Three Gorges Dam in Central China's Hubei province. [Photo/Xinhua]
Photo taken on Jan 1, 2021 shows a scene of the central control room of the Three Gorges Hydroelectric Power Station in Central China's Hubei province. [Photo/Xinhua]
Photo taken on Jan 1, 2021 shows power transmission lines of the Three Gorges Hydroelectric Power Station in Central China's Hubei province. [Photo/Xinhua]
Aerial photo taken on Jan 1, 2021 shows the Three Gorges Dam in Central China's Hubei province. [Photo/Xinhua]
Photo taken on Jan 1, 2021 shows the Three Gorges Dam in Central China's Hubei province. [Photo/Xinhua]

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