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Xiaowan reservoir starts filling


This is the fourth dam on the Upper Mekong cascade that has been completed, and as the article states, is the largest dam in the cascade. We will start to see even greater impacts downstream once Xiaowan becomes operational.

Yunnan's Xiaowan Hydropower Station started filling with water Source: Xinhua Net. 18 December 2008. http://news.xinhuanet.com/newscenter/2008-12/18/content_10525479.htm

According to Sinohydro Corporation, Yunnan Xiaowan Hydropower Station has already closed the dam gates, and started filling with water. This paved the way for power generation one year ahead of schedule.

Xiaowan Hydropower Station is located in the middle reaches of Lancang River. Its installed capacity is 4200 MW, which is among the largest dam of the eight-dam cascade in the middle and lower reaches of Lancang River. Sinohydro Corporation is responsible for the construction of diversion tunnel.

The construction of Xiaowan Hydropower Station started in 20th January 2002, and the river was dammed in 12th October 2004. Once it formed a reservoir of 14.9 billion cubic meter, it can effectively regulate the downstream flow during the flood and dry seasons, and the Lancang- Mekong River will become a truly "golden waterway".

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