An eight-billion-yuan (US$963 million) power plant that will generate electricity by pumping and storing water will provide a much needed power boost to the province of Guangdong.
Located in Huizhou in the eastern part of the province, work is due to begin next month (October).
The hydraulic power plant, which has been designed to reach a total installed capacity of 24 million kilowatts, will become the largest of its kind in the world.
The power plant includes eight generating units, each of which has an installed capacity of 300 kilowatts.
The project is jointly funded by Guangdong Electricity Group Company, Guangdong Nuclear Power Investment and State Development and Investment Corporation.
Huang Shuzheng, magistrate of Boluo County of Huizhou where the gigantic power plant is located, said he expected construction would begin next month.
The power plant will start pumping water for storage beginning July 1, 2007, and release the water to generate electricity from the second half of 2008.
All the eight generating units will come on stream in March of 2011.
The project will be able to earn 37.86 billion yuan (US$4.56 billion) each year by selling electricity amounting to 3.84 billion kilowatt hours annually to Guangdong's electricity grid.
But the power plant also has to consume electricity of more than six billion kilowatt hours annually to help pump water.
The project is expected to strongly support Guangdong's economic construction after it starts operation, Huang said.
Guangdong, which suffers from an energy shortage, has to purchase a lot of electricity annually from southwestern China and bordering Hong Kong.
It will be Guangdong's second hydraulic power station that generates electricity by pumping water to higher levels and releasing it to generate power in Guangdong Province.
The city of Conghua has constructed a similar plant.
The Conghua plant, which started operation in 1993, is a supplementary facility of Shenzhen Daya Bay Nuclear Power Plant.
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