BEIJING, July 2 -- Twenty-six power turbines installed on the gigantic Three Gorges Dam started electricity generation Tuesday morning in full load for the first time, sources with China Three Gorges Project Corporation said in Yichang, central China's Hubei Province.
Launched in 1993, the huge Three Gorges Project, including a 2,309-meter-long, 185-meter-high dam with 26 power generators was being built in three phases on the middle reaches of the Yangtze, China's longest river.
The 26 power generators, the largest hydropower generating units of the world, have been put into operation in October, 2008, can not generate power in full load for the insufficient water amount from upstream and low water level in the past months.
With rising water level in flood season from June this year, the water from the upstream is flowing into the Three Gorges reservoir at a rate of 27,500 cubic meters per second at 8 a.m. Tuesday, satisfying demands of the turbines for power generation in full load.
The 26 turbines started electricity production in full load from 8:30 a.m. and the power output hit 16.1 million kwh of electricity.
Water level in front of the Three Gorges Dam also dropped to 146 meters due to the flood season.Up to now, the electricity of the Three Gorges Power Plant has been transmitted to more than ten power-thirsty provinces, cities, and districts of the country, according to China Three Gorges Project Corporation.
Xinhua News Agency correspondents reporting from Wuhan, Hubei.