9 Jul 2010 11:49

Xiangjiaba-Shanghai transmission line switched on

Shanghai. July 9. INTERFAX-CHINA - The 800-kilovolt (KV) Xiangjiaba-Shanghai ultra high voltage (UHV) DC transmission line officially went into operation on July 8, state media reported on the same day.

According to Xinhua news agency, the 1,907 kilometer-long transmission line will deliver 32 million megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity from southwestern Sichuan Province's Xiangjiaba hydropower project to eastern Shanghai Municipality.

State Grid Corp. of China (SGCC) invested RMB 23.27 billion ($3.43 billion) in the project, which passes through eight regions before arriving in Shanghai.

Xue Jing, director of the Statistics and Information Department under the China Electricity Council (CEC), said at an industry forum on July 8 that China will continue building transmission lines in order to transmit electricity output from various western power projects, including those located in the upper reaches of the Yellow River, Xinjiang's northern thermal power base and various other central and southeastern rivers.

Xue also noted that several more lines will be constructed in order to link the West-East power transmission lines and better balance the country's overall power distribution.