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Hydropower Projects to be Launched in Tibet

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 2004/09/06; September 6, 2004.]

Interfax
06 September 2004
Shanghai. (Interfax-China) - To meet the demand of cross-regional development in western China's Tibetan Autonomous Region, an assessment meeting for the Lhasa River Hydropower Development Report has given the green light to projects on the main stream of the Lhasa River, the biggest tributary on the west of the Yalong River.

In a conversation with Interfax, Mr. Fan Xiao, the general engineer of Sichuan Geological Prospecting Bureau, who has previously participated in prospecting work for Tibetan hydropower projects, said that the three hydropower projects were launched in Tibet in the Tenth Five-Year Plan period, including one near Yanzhuoyong Lake, southwest of Lhasa City.

According to Fan, the electric power supply is currently sufficient in Tibet as Tibet has relatively low consumption levels even though Xizang Ribao (Tibet Daily) has reported that the demand for electric power in Tibet has been growing rapidly. When asked about the reasons for the prospective hydropower projects, Fan said that power generated in Tibet might be exported beyond the region in order to aid cross-regional development.

According to a report by the official government news agency, Xinhua, an RMB 8 mln (USD 966,000) upgrade project for the Lhasa Xijiao Transformer Substation has been completed in order to improve the capacity of the Tibetan power grid.

Fan also told Interfax that there might be the same degree of public concern about the new projects as there has been over the hydropower project near Yangzhuoyong Lake. In Tibetan culture, he explained, all mountains and bodies of water are holy, and hence inviolable.


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