Beijing: China will build a major hydroelectric power plant on the Brahmaputra River in Tibet, with a proposal for the 14th Five-Year Plan to be implemented by next year, official media quoted Chinese company bosses as saying on Sunday.
China will “implement hydroelectric power at the bottom of the Yarlung Zhangbo River” (Brahmaputra’s Tibetan name) and the project will help maintain water resources and domestic security, said Yan Jiang, president of China Power Construction Corp. The Times reported.
Speaking at a conference on Thursday, Yan said the plan was clearly put forward in the country’s 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) and the proposals that the ruling Communist Party’s Central Committee will set by 2035 on its long-term goals. China (CPC), which cited an article on the WeChat account of the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China on Sunday.
“There is no parallel in history … it is a historic opportunity for China’s hydropower industry,” Yan said at a conference to mark the 40th anniversary of the founding of the China Society for Hydropower Engineering.
The Plenum, the leading policy body of the CPC, last month approved the long-range objectives of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) and National Economic and Social Development and 2035.
Details of the project are expected to be released after the formal approval of the National People’s Congress (NPC) early next year.
The proposals of dams on the Brahmaputra have raised concerns in India and Bangladesh and the ripe states, and have eased such fears that China will focus on its interests.
As a low-level republican state with substantially established user rights to cross-border rivers, the Government of India is constantly addressing its concerns and concerns to Chinese authorities and urging them to ensure that the interests of lower states are not harmed. Any activities in upstream areas.
China has already implemented a 1.5 billion ammunition hydroelectric station, the largest in Tibet in 2015.
On the new dam, the Global Times report has been circulating for years that China plans to build a “super hydropower station” in Madog County, where the Yarlung Zhangbo Grand Canyon is located.
Madog is the last county of Tibet bordering Arunachal Pradesh.
Yan said in his speech that hydropower exploitation at the bottom of the Yarlung Zhangbo River is more than a hydropower project. It also makes sense for the environment, national security, standard of living, energy and international cooperation.
According to the report, the mainstream of the Yarlung Zhangbo River is the richest water resource in the Tibet Autonomous Region with about 80 million kilowatt hours (kW), while the 50 kilometer section of the Yarlung Zhangbo Grand Canyon could be 70 million kilowatts developed with a 2,000 meter drop, three of which are in the province of Hubei Equivalent to centers.
Tibet has about 200 million kWh of water, which is about 30 per cent of China’s total.
60 million kilowatts of hydroelectricity at the bottom of the Yarlung Zhangbo River can provide 300 billion kilowatts of clean, renewable and zero-carbon electricity annually. He said the project would play a significant role in achieving the carbon emissions peak in 2060 and achieving carbon neutrality in 2060.
“This is a project for national security, including water resources and domestic security,” he said, adding that the project would facilitate cooperation with South Asia.
He added that the hydroelectric center could generate revenues of 20 billion yuan ($ 3 billion) annually for the Tibet Autonomous Region.
India and China established the Expert Level Procedure (ELM) in 2006 to discuss various issues related to cross-border rivers.
Under existing bilateral memorandums, hydrological information of the Brahmaputra and Sutlej River is provided to India during the China flood.
In this system, China provides data on the Brahmaputra River floods between May 15 and October 15 each year.

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