Posted by: 1of10boyz | June 1, 2013

Economic motivation behind China’s dam building

The interesting thing I picked up from the discussions I have heard about the recent earthquakes is that there might be a correlation between the extreme “weight” of the water behind the dams and the increased frequency of large earthquakes. I could easily see how that is feasible given that the weight of the water behind the dam would change how the fault reacts to movement. I am going to have to do some research and digging on what has actually been scientifically proven in this regard.

China Daily Mail

The Chinese government has given preliminary environmental approval for construction of what would eventually be the country’s largest hydroelectric dam. The project, on the Dadu river in the southwestern province of Sichuan, is expected to take 10 years to construct at an estimated cost of a little over $4 billion. At 314 meters tall, it will end up being taller than the current world-record holder, the 300 meter Nurek dam in Tajikistan (although other dams are currently in progress which would also be taller than the Nurek dam).

Early presumptions are that the China is simply trying to boost its green image. Being a voracious consumer of energy, all sources of power are required in order to feed its appetite. In spite of this, however, China has vowed to raise the share of non-fossil fuels in its energy mix to 15% by 2020, up from 9.4% in 2011.


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