West-East Electricity Transmission Project

The major power generation plants in China are located in western and northern China. But the main power consumption is concentrated in the areas along and east of Beijing-Guangzhou railway. The West-East Electricity Transmission Project aims to transmit power from electricity-rich west regions to the economically prosperous eastern areas.

The basic structure of the project is to build three power supply passages, which are the north, central, and south routes.

The north route includes the northeastern, northern, Shangdong, and northwestern power grids. It uses the water energy from northwestern regions to supply electricity to power grids in Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei and Shandong provinces.

The central route includes the eastern China, central China, Sichuan-Chongqing, and Fujian power grids. It is powered by water from Yangtze River to supply electricity to central china, eastern china, and Fujian area. It covers the widest area in the whole West-East Electricity Transmission Project and holds special position in the country's power network.

The south route includes Kengkou power grids in Yunnan and Guizhou provinces. It is powered by Wujiang River in Guizhou province, Lancang River and Hongshui River in Yunnan Province and supplies electricity to Guangdong province.

The massive West-East Electricity Transmission Project is a key component of the Chinese government's western development project. It combines the resource-rich western area with the huge market in eastern China. The project is expected to accelerate the development of China's power industry and national economy.