Interfax-China reports that the National Development and Reform Commission has approved construction plans for the 2GW Ahai hydropower plant on the Jinsha River in Yunnan Province.

The project will consist of five 400 MW turbines and will be constructed by Jinsha River Hydropower Development Co Ltd. The company was jointly established in 2005 by China Huadian Corp China Huaneng Group, China Datang Corp, Haneng Holding Group and Yunnan Investment Group.

The project is the second hydro plant to receive NDRC approval to be built along the middle portion of the Jinsha River follwing approval in August 2010 for the 2400 MW Jin’an Bridge project. China plans to build eight hydro projects with 20.58 GW of total installed capacity along this stretch of the river.