Benefits of Three Gorges Project apparent
The Chinese government says the Three Gorges Project has partially achieved goals set for water storage, shipping and electricity generation, making the comprehensive benefits of the project apparent.
So far, the giant Three Gorges hydroelectric power plant has generated nearly 36 billion kilowatt-hours, greatly easing the chronic power shortages in the eastern and southern regions of the country.
The dam's reservoir held back nearly 500 million cubic meters of flood-water last year, playing a leading role in fighting floods in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River.
During the past decade, over 100 billion yuan, or 12 billion US dollars, were invested in the maintenance and protection of the environment along China's longest river.
The Three Gorges Project, which began in 1994, is China's largest water control project.