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World Bank U-turn brings hydropower in from cold

The Xiaolangdi dam on the Yellow River. Reversing its previous position, the World Bank sees big hydropower dams as a key source of energy for the developing world. Photo: AFP

The World Bank is making a major push to develop large-scale hydropower projects around the globe, something it had all but abandoned a decade ago but now sees as crucial to resolving the tension between economic development and the drive to tame carbon use.

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China Digest, November 7, 2012


Bullies sued

7 Nov 2012 - 4:09am

Cheap water just encourages waste

Almost every year, part of China suffers its worst drought in decades, bringing severe water shortages, failed crops, electricity outages and financial hardship for urban and rural residents alike. This year, it is the turn of people living in central and southern provinces around the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River, an area usually considered to have abundant water.

1 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Dams hit a rising tide of opposition

Controversies surrounding the massive Three Gorges Dam - which was once again in the international headlines last week - have stirred up an old debate on the mainland about the pros and cons of building dams.

26 May 2011 - 12:00am

Rush to development demands transparency

Power generation and industrial development go hand in hand as drivers of China's emergence as an economic superpower. Sadly, they are exacting a rising cost to the livelihoods of the people development is supposed to lift out of poverty. The pollution that has swept the mainland from coal-fired power generation and dirty industry is widely known.

27 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

No jobs, no safety for those affected by project

The roaring Yalong River, rising from the Tibetan Plateau and tumbling through mountains in western Sichuan , curves sharply in the mountains at Jinping near Xichang , the nation's space centre.

26 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Project to dam the Nu River set to move ahead

The plan to dam the Nu River, the longest undammed river in Southeast Asia, is poised to move ahead in Yunnan province after final preparations began on Wednesday amid strong public opposition.

17 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Harare seeks Chinese aid to revive dam project near Victoria Falls

The stone-broke Harare government wants Chinese contractors to build a Three-Gorges type hydroelectric dam close to the ecologically sensitive Victoria Falls, one of the world's most spectacular scenic attractions.

9 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Guangdong Nuclear in Anhui plant deal

China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding, the smaller of the nation's two dominant nuclear energy producers, has agreed to develop a large plant in Anhui province to meet growing demand for clean power in the local market and in Shanghai.

28 May 2007 - 12:00am

Nu River dam put on hold until after reshuffle next year

Beijing will put the controversial Nu River dam project in Yunnan on hold at least until after the government reshuffle next year, Water Resources Minister Wang Shucheng said.

The minister denied reports that preliminary work on the dam's construction had already started.

6 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Dongfang pins hopes on nuclear, hydro sales

Dongfang Electrical Machinery is banking on new orders from the hydro and nuclear power sectors to offset a slowdown in demand from the coal-fired power equipment market.

Chairman Zhu Yuanchao said yesterday that the market was 'gradually returning to a reasonable track' after blistering growth in the past few years driven by power shortages and a plant construction boom.

25 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Yunnan still hopeful of approval for dam scheme

Officials from Yunnan province hope the controversial Nu River dam project will go ahead soon.

Speaking on the sidelines of an NPC panel meeting yesterday, Yunnan Communist Party Secretary Bai Enpei said the provincial government remained committed to the hydroelectric project.

7 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Yangtze Power to buy two generators for 9.8b yuan

China Yangtze Power - the listed flagship of the Three Gorges hydro project builder - will buy two generators from parent firm China Yangtze Three Gorges Project Development for 9.83 billion yuan.

The A-share company would buy the No1 and No4 generators - both 700 megawatts - on March 5, it said in a filing to the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

2 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Growing impact of green groups a sign of change

All over the mainland, hydroelectric dam projects are becoming flashpoints of protest and the subject of conflict. Local residents and environmentalists are at odds with governments in need of power to drive economic growth.

5 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Millions displaced by dams still face poverty

About two-thirds of the 16 million people displaced by tens of thousands of hydroelectric power stations in the past 50 years are worse off today than before they moved, mainland environmentalists say.

Over the past 50 years, the mainland has built 80,000 hydroelectric power stations in an attempt to satisfy the increasing demand for electricity.

30 Jul 2004 - 12:00am