The Zangmu Hydropower Station in Tibet, which is positioned over 3300 metres above sea level, has commenced operations with five other generating units due for completion no later than next year.
The country’s largest hydroelectric power plant, with a 510 MW capacity, is badly needed in a region beset by electricity shortfall.
Official statistics show that Tibet’s per capita electricity consumption in 2013 was slightly over 1000 kWh, less than one third of the national average.
“The hydropower station will solve Tibet’s power shortage, especially in the winter,” said Liu Xiaoming, from the State Grid’s Tibet Electric Power company.
Tibet has potential water power resources estimated at around 201.36 million kW.