China’s Jinsha River Xiluodu Hydropower Station, the second largest in the country, has received global recognition after the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) awarded the station as a FIDIC Outstanding Project of the Year last year.
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The station which straddles between Yongshan County of Yunnan Province and Leibo County of Sichuan Province in southwest China was the only hydroelectric project among the 21 award-winners of the year 2016.
“The digital dam, in a nutshell, consists of the thermometer, strain gauge and other detecting equipment in the concrete of the dam.
The whole construction process was monitored by these equipment, which gives a real-time account of the stress state and condition of the dam for the convenience of adjustment,” said Liao.
Built in the spirit of sustainable development, the station makes maximum use of the mountains on both sides of the river to house its workshops, underground power stations and transportation tunnels.
With 18 large generators and a total capacity of 13.86 gigawatts, the Xiluodu station is the world’s third-largest project behind the Three Gorges Dam in central China’s Hubei Province and Brazil’s Itaipu hydroelectric dam.