Earthquake casts doubt over Chinese hydropower project

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 12, 2011 12:40 hrs

The 5.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Yingjiang county in China's Yunnan province, has convinced local officials, to delay hydraulic power projects in the Nujiang River Valley.

Wang Jirong, a member of the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC), said a series of national studies have pinpointed the area prone to geological disasters.

The China Daily quoted her as saying that she has urged the central government to 'pay attention to the special and complex geological and seismological conditions in the Nujiang River Valley and to be cautious in making decisions about hydraulic power development there.'

The project, once completed, will consist of a reservoir and four dams, and will be capable of generating power up to 180000 kilowatts. (ANI)

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