Hubei Energy Group Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG), has begun construction of the Pingtanyuan pumped storage power project in Luotian County.

The project will have an installed capacity of 1400MW and an average hydraulic head of 597m. Construction work began in mid-February and the station is expected to have its first power unit installed and commissioned by 2027, with full completion expected by 2028.

The project will undertake the tasks of peak load regulation, valley filling, frequency regulation, phase modulation, power storage, and emergency use for Hubei's power grid system. It is also expected to cut coal consumption by about 300,000 tons and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 750,000 tons for Hubei's grid power system per year.