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Qinghai-Tibet grid interconnection project begins trial run


09:44, December 10, 2011

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang (2nd R) announces the launch of the trial run of the Qinghai-Tibet power grid during a ceremony in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 9, 2011. Li Keqiang on Friday attended the ceremony of the trial run of the Qinghai-Tibet power electricity network in Beijing and met with representatives of the construction workers. (Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)

BEIJING, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- China's Qinghai-Tibet grid interconnection project, which is expected to ease power strains on the frigid plateau, began a trial run Friday.

The project ends Tibetan power grid's isolation -- making the power system on the Chinese mainland fully integrated and providing a solid base to sort out power shortages in Tibet, Vice Premier Li Keqiang said at a ceremony in Bejing.

It plays a very important role in improving people's lives and protecting the environment in Tibet, Li said.

The 1,038-kilometer-power lines were laid at the plateau with an average altitude of 4,000 meters, which makes it the world's highest power project.

The project consists of three phases: a 750 KV transmission line from Xining, capital of Qinghai, to Golmud in the center of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau; a 400 KV transmission line from Golmud to Lhasa, capital of Tibet autonomous region; 220 KV of grid facilities within Tibet.

Li extended appreciation and greetings to the construction workers for their devotion in overcoming harsh conditions and technological barriers to complete the project with no casualties.

He urged relevant authorities to keep the power operation safe and stable.

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