The Qinghai Maqin Gequ Level 2 hydropower station generates zero-green gas emission electricity through the application of hydropower and displaces the same amount of electricity from the Northwest China Power Grid (NWPG) that is mainly dominated by electricity derived from coal-fired power plants.
The Project, which is located in the Maqin County, (Qinghai Province, P.R. China), is supposed to meet the increasing demand of electricity in Qinghai Province in a sustainable way and contribute to the sustainability of the NWPG. The Project is constructed and operated by Qinghai Maqin Gequ River Cascade Hydropower Development Co., LTD.
The Project has installed 2 turbine-generator sets each with a unit capacity of 24MW for a total installed capacity of the hydropower station of 48MW. The main components of the Project include the diversion system, factory buildings and substation. The existing scenario prior to the start of the implementation of the Project is: electricity delivered to the grid by the existing coal-fired power plants connected to the Northwest China Power Grid (NWPG).
The Project contribute to the sustainable development of the local area and the Host Country by enhancing the electricity supply capacity and improving the electricity quality and reducing transmission line loss for the area as well as by bringing positive social and environmental benefits to local communities. The specific sustainable development benefits of the Project are listed as follows:
➢ Reducing the reliance of the NWPG on exhaustible fossil fuels for power generation; ➢ Reducing air pollution by fossil fuel based electricity by clean, renewable power ; ➢ Improving the power mix of the NWPG by supplying clean energy; ➢ Improving the local energy generation infrastructure, bridging the gap between power supply and demand by increasing the electricity generation capacity to the local grid; ➢ Reducing the threat posed by air pollution to human health; ➢ Creating job opportunities for the local communities. The Project provided 27 job opportunities throughout the operating period, and these employment opportunities are helpful for the local people to improve their living standards.