Major Hydropower Project to be built by China on Brahmaputra River in Tibet
By: Ashwathy Nair
- A proposal has been put forward in the 14th Five-Year Plan to be implemented from next year.
- The project may serve to uphold water resources and domestic security.
- In India and Bangladesh, plans for dams on the Brahmaputra have evoked concerns.
A major hydropower project will be built by China on Brahmaputra River in Tibet and a proposal related to this has been clearly put forward in the 14th Five-Year Plan to be implemented from next year.
The chairman of the Power Construction Corp of China, Yan Zhiyong stated that “Hydropower exploitation in the downstream of the Yarlung Zangbo River” (the Tibetan name for the Brahmaputra) will be implemented by China and this project could serve to maintain water resources and domestic security.
On Thursday, while speaking at a conference, Yan stated that the project was considered to put forward in the proposals made by the Central Committee of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) to formulate the country’s 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) along with its long-term goals by 2035, on Sunday it quoted an article on the WeChat account of the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China.
Yan spoke at the conference that was organized to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the China Hydropower Engineering Society that “There is no parallel in history… it will be a historic chance for the Chinese hydropower industry”.
The specifics of the plan were supposed to be revealed early next year following the formal approval by the National People’s Congress (NPC).
In India and Bangladesh, the riparian states, and China, plans for dams on the Brahmaputra have sparked concern, and such anxieties have been eased by China saying that it will carry their interests in mind.
Views and concerns regarding the Chinese authorities have been consistently conveyed by the Indian government and it has urged them to ensure that the interests of downstream states, by any activities in upstream areas are not harmed.
The Global Times report stated about the new dam that speculations on China planning to build a “super hydropower station” in Medog country,
As per the report, the mainstream Yarlung Zangbo River has around 80 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of the richest water sources in the Tibet Autonomous Region, while the 50-kilometre portion of the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon has 70 million kWh that could be built with a drop of 2,000 metres, equivalent to more than three Hubei Province Three Gorges power stations.