First underground unit of Three Gorges project to run in May

16:11, April 27, 2011      

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The water filling experiment of the No.32 unit of the Three Gorges underground power station was launched on April 26, marking its entrance into the water debugging stage.

According to plans, the first unit of the Three Gorges underground power station will be officially put into production in May 2011 if the water debugging is completed smoothly.

Engineers launched a series of experiments on April 26 including pressure steel pipe water filling, volute water filling, the opening and closing of the water intake gate and the water supply system adjustment, and the experimental data shows that various functions of the unit are stable, according to the Department of the Three Gorges Underground Power Station Mechanical and Electrical Installation Project under the China Gezhouba Group Corporation.

According to plans, the unit will also undergo experiments on idling, thermal stability and rotor balance weight in the next week and make final preparations for the production and power generation.

Three units out of the total six units of the Three Gorges underground power station are planned to be put into production before the flood season of 2011, and the progress of the installation and adjustment of the No.32 unit, which is planned to be the first unit to generate electricity, is smooth and efficient. In addition, the other two power units are now also implementing assembly and online debugging in accordance with plans.

By People's Daily Online
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