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Três Gorges Plant: the largest hydroelectric plant on the planet, with 16 million cubic meters of concrete and steel that surpasses the Eiffel Towers; The amount of water it retains reduces the Earth's rotation!

Written by Flavia Marinho
Published 11/06/2024 às 06:48
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Three Gorges Plant: the largest hydroelectric plant in the world is in China

The magnificent Three Gorges Plant, a Chinese powerhouse, with its colossal structure, lights up 60 million lives and preserves the environment, replacing 30 million tons of coal annually!

A China, land of grandeur and innovation, is home to the majestic Three Gorges Power Plant, nestled on the banks of the imposing Yangtze River, emerges as an architectural feat and a milestone in engineering. Not only is it the largest hydroelectric plant on the planet, but also plays crucial roles in controlling floods and facilitating water transport. Furthermore, its retained amount of water reduces the Earth's rotation capacity by 0,06 microseconds! Plant became the backbone of renewable energy and Chinese development.

The history of the Three Gorges Power Plant dates back to 1919, when Sun Yat-sen, a Chinese visionary, conceived the idea. Even before its conception, in 1932, the nationalist government under Chiang Kai-shek was drafting plans, but the turbulence of second world warLea Chinese Civil War postponed the project. However, it was only in 1992, during Mao Zedong's government, that excavations began. However, these efforts were interrupted in 1947. In 1996, the project finally took shape under the leadership of Wu Chuanlin, triggering a complex process that would come to shape the China's future.

Watch the video below and get to know this giant capable of reducing the Earth's rotation!

An engineering feat: the grandeur of the construction involved 40.000 workers

After 19 years of hard work, the completion of the Three Gorges Plant in 2012 left an unforgettable mark. Costing US$28 billion, involving 40.000 workers, and using 16 million cubic meters of concrete and steel, this megastructure defies expectations. Its 600 km reservoir positions it as the most massive concrete structure on Earth, surpassing even the grandeur of the Eiffel Towers.

The Three Gorges Power Plant is not just a feat of engineering; is the driving force behind change in Chinese energy matrix. Its 34 generators, each weighing 6.000 tons, generate an impressive capacity of 22.500 MW. This not only meets the needs of 60 million Chinese people, but also replaces the burning of 30 million tons of coal annually, standing out as a beacon of sustainability in a world eager for renewable solutions.

While the Three Gorges Plant receives praise for its grandeur, it does not escape criticism from environmental movements. Allegations of increased seismic activity, structural risks and impacts on aquatic life are controversial topics. However, the engineering team responds with preventative measures. Intensive supervision, audits and the constant presence of 293 supervisors at the construction site ensure not only safety but also the environmental sustainability of the project.

China didn't just build a plant; erected an icon that resonates in its history, present and future!

The construction of the Three Gorges Power Plant transcended the domain of engineering; It has become a symbol of Chinese perseverance and pride. Workers, many of whom relocated and some even sacrificed their lives, contributed to the grandeur of this work.

The project director, Cao Guangjing, highlights the complexity of quality control and the constant presence of supervisors as testimony to the commitment to excellence. China didn't just build a plant; erected an icon that resonates in its history, present and future.

I would love to know if you already knew about this incredible plant. Tell us in the comments section if you've ever met a giant like this up close. Don't forget to leave 5 stars and activate CPG notifications to keep up with all the latest news from around the world. To the next!

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Flavia Marinho

Flavia Marinho is a Production Engineer with a postgraduate degree in Electrical and Automation Engineering, with extensive experience in the onshore and offshore shipbuilding industry. In recent years, she has dedicated herself to writing articles for news websites in the areas of industry, oil and gas, energy, shipbuilding, geopolitics, jobs and courses, with more than 7 thousand articles published. Contact us to suggest an agenda, advertise job vacancies or advertise on our portal.

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