GE Vernova announced on 22 August that it has been selected by Yangtze Power to upgrade the Xiangjiaba hydropower plant. The scope of work includes the design, manufacturing, delivery, installation, and commissioning of three sets of main shaft air supply pipes. The upgrade is expected to reach completion in the first half of 2024. The replacement of the air supply pipes will help improve the sealing effect, maintaining the efficiency of the hydropower plant.
Commissioned in 2014, the 6.4 GW Xiangjiaba plant and its eight hydropower units are located downstream on the Jinsha river and is one of the largest hydropower plants in the country. The project is a major source of energy from western areas to East China, supplying electricity to about five million people. In addition to power generation, the project brings flood prevention, improved shipping conditions, and agricultural irrigation to the area, and avoids an estimated 12 million tons of CO2 emissions annually.