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Three Gorges Dam Project, Yangtze River, China

Access to resource related to costs and benefits of the Three Gorges Dam project in China added to PMWL

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Ömer Berkay Dağli

12 February 2018 – Southampton, UK – Access to a new resource has been added to the PM World Library on the subject of Major Projects & Programs. The new resource is titled “Three Gorges Dam Project, Yangtze River, China” and is a 2008 article prepared by Peter H. Gleick, published in Third Edition of Water Brief that is a project of the Pacific Institute.

Article evaluates the overall implications of the Three Gorges Dam Project. With inputs from a literature and recent news review, article illustrates what are the major issues in the dam project with its’ benefits and costs.

The Three Gorges Dam is the world's largest power station in terms of installed capacity (22,500 MW). It is located in the middle of the Three Gorges on the Yangtze River, the third longest in the world, in the Hubei Province of China. The project was approved by the Chinese government in 1992. However, construction didn’t begin until 1994. The massive project sets records for number of people displaced (more than 1.2 million), number of cities and towns flooded (13 cities, 140 towns, 1,350 villages), and length of reservoir (more than 600 kilometres). The project has been plagued by corruption, spiralling costs, environmental impacts, human rights violations and resettlement difficulties.

To access this resource, go to , click on “Power Plants – Dams and Hydroelectric”, then scroll down to China Must be registered and logged in as Free Trial, Professional or Scholar member to access.