largest hydro-electric project

The greatest single construction project is currently underway - the Three Gorges Project, in China. It is by far the largest construction project following the Great Wall and the Grand Canal. The project started in 1994 and as of May 2006, the construction of the main dam wall has been completed. The Three Gorges Dam is scheduled to begin operation in 2009 AD.

The estimated cost of this project is figured within 25 billion USD. When completed, this dam will stretch 2150 meters across and rise to a height of 185 meters while the reservoir itself will be over 600 km in length. This dam will cause the relocation of over one million people in total. Although this project has raised a number of controversial issues related to environment and human rights. it has been hailed as one of the most remarkable technical feats of all times.


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