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New hydropower station starts operation in Tibet

September 28, 2008

[Xinhua is the official news agency of PRC]

LHASA, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- A new hydropower plant started generating
electricity in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region on Friday.

The Xoka Hydropower Station, in Gongbo'gyamda County in east Tibet's
Nyingchi Prefecture, has four generating units each with a capacity of
10,000 kw, said Wang Lidong, director of the station's construction
headquarters under the Tibet Power Co. Ltd.

The station can generate 182 million kwh of electricity a year, Wang said.

"It can help ease the power supply shortage in Nyingchi," he said.

Construction began in June 2006 with an investment of 723 million yuan
(106 million U.S. dollars) and its reservoir holds 860,000 cubic meters
of water with a dam of almost 20 meters in height.

Nyingchi has been facing power shortage for years, local officials have
said.

"The operation of the new power station will boost the construction of
power and transport facilities in Gongbo'gyamda County," said Li Sang,
head of the county.

"It will also help improve living conditions for residents," he said.
Editor: Yan
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