A Chinese academician from an official think-tank has refuted reports that China is considering plans to build a big hydropower dam on the Brahmaputra in Tibet.
The Guardian on Tuesday quoted an official of the China Society for Hydropower Engineering saying that ‘research has been carried out, but no plan drawn up,’ for a 38,000 MW project at Motuo on the Brahmaputra in Tibet.
“China has no plans for such a large dam on the Brahmaputra. You should believe what the Chinese government says," Ma Jiali, a research professor with the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, told the HT.
However, an environmental studies researcher at the University of British Columbia who has uploaded a map reportedly sourced from a Chinese government website, that shows potential dam sites on the Brahmaputra including the Motuo site, stood by his claims.
“The greatest demand for energy actually comes from Chinese cities," Tashi Tsering said on the Tibetan Plateau blog on Wednesday.
“The State grid map shows the Motuo hydropower project connected to ultra-high voltage power transmission lines in China.” Tsering reiterated that "the hydropower project is likely to be built but the water diversion project is not very likely."