Four large hydropower stations run by China Three Gorges Corporation generated 206.06 TWh of electricity in 2016, the highest on record, the company said on January 9.
It is the first time annual generation has exceeded 200 TWh. The amount generated is able to meet Shanghai's electricity needs for two years and is equivalent to a reduction of 65.8 million tonnes in coal burned, cutting 168.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide and 800,000 tonnes of sulfur dioxide emissions.
The Three Gorges hydropower project, the country's largest with a generating capacity of 22.4 GW, is located in the middle reaches of China's longest river, the Yangtze. It generated 93.5 TWh of electricity last year.
Xiluodu, the country's second-largest dam, generated 61 TWh and Xiangjiaba, China's third-largest hydropower plant, generated 33.2 TWh. The smaller Gezhouba generated 18.3 TWh.
(Writing by Jessie Jia Editing by Harry Huo)
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