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Landmark power line ends Tibet plateau's blackouts

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08:23, March 02, 2012

A worker monitors the operation of convertor station in Golmud, northwest China's Qinghai Province, March 1, 2012. After being put into test operation in Nov. 11, 2011, the Qinghai-Tibet AD (direct current)-AC (alternating current) electricity grid program had transmitted 0.2 billion kilowatt hour of electricity to Tibet Autonomous Region. (Xinhua/Zhang Hongxiang)

XINING, March 1 (Xinhua) -- Residents on China's Qinghai-Tibet Plateau have bid farewell to winter blackouts, once a common occurrence in Tibet, thanks to a new power line.

The amount of kilowatt-hours (kwh) of electricity transmitted by the Qinghai-Tibet power line to southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region since it began trial operation on Nov. 11 has passed 200 million, sources with the Qinghai branch of the State Grid said Thursday.

The power line, which runs from Xining, capital of northwestern Qinghai province, to Lhasa, is part of a 16.2-billion-yuan (2.54 billion U.S. dollars) project launched in 2010.

The project consists of transmission lines from Xining to Golmud, and Golmud to Lhasa, as well as a wide range of power grid facilities in Tibet.

It was designed to connect the isolated electricity network in Tibet with the rest of the country to help the plateau region meet its power demand, said Wang Hongliang, an official with the Qinghai Electric Power Company, a branch of the State Grid.

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