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Three Gorges reservoir completes water storage

With the rise in the water level of the Three Gorges Reservoir, the world's largest water control project, reaching the predetermined 135 meters, the trial run of the massive power generators has begun, the state media reported today.

india Updated: Jun 12, 2003 16:04 IST

With the rise in the water level of the Three Gorges Reservoir, the world's largest water control project, reaching the predetermined 135 meters, the trial run of the massive power generators has begun, the state media reported today.

The reservoir of the Three Gorges project has stored 10 billion cubic meters of water since the sluice gates were closed on June one.

"Successful completion of water storage means the three gorges project has overcome the first challenge of nature," Chief Engineer of the Three Gorges Project Development Corporation (TGPDC), Zhang Chaoran said.

With the rise in the water level last night, five days ahead of schedule, the first two power generating units each boasting installed capacity of 700,000 kilowatts, the largest in the nation, began trial operations.

The Yangtze river, country's longest river on which the project is located, will reopen for navigation on June 16.

The five-day test was part of the preparation for the station's trial run on June 15, Qin Xinxiang, Deputy General Engineer, TGPD, Yangtze river, said.

First Published: Jun 12, 2003 16:04 IST