Longtan Dam

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The Longtan Dam is a large dam on the Hongshui River, a tributary of the Pearl River.[1][2]

The dam, at 192 meters, is said to be the tallest in the world.[3] The attached ship lift is said to be the fastest in the world.

The Dam's first of three operational generating units, was tested in May of 2007.[4] When completed, in 2009, its nine turbogenerators will have a total generating capacity of 6.3 million kW and the project is expected to generate 18.7 billion kWh of electricity annually.


  1. Hongshui River in south China to be dammed in November, China Daily, October 26 2003. Retrieved on 2008-04-21.
  2. Ben Shaw. Building Longtan, Potain. Retrieved on 2008-02-10. “Li Xuejiang, a manager with one of the technical departments for the contracting joint venture, explains the working process at the site: “This jobsite operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week – in common with most working job sites in China.””
  3. Guangxi Builds Huge Hydraulic Power Station, China through a lens, November 6 2003. Retrieved on 2008-04-21.
  4. First generator of China's 3rd largest hydropower project passes trial operation, People's Daily, May 28, 2007. Retrieved on 2008-02-10. “"We are preparing for the operation of the other two generators, which is also slated for this year," said Dai Bo, general manager of the Longtan Hydropower Development Co. of China Datang Corporation (CDT).”