Dongfang Electric Machinery Co has delivered the runner for a major generating unit at the 16GW Baihetan hydropower project in China.

The runner was delivered to the project site downstream of the Jinsha River on 12 January. The runner has a diameter of 8.62m and is 3.92m high. It weighs 353 tons, and took more than 100 technicians over a year to complete.

The Baihetan hydropower station is designed to have 16 domestically-manufactured generating units each with a 1GW capacity. It will be the second largest hydropower station after the Three Gorges project in terms of total installed capacity.

The delivery of the runner will guarantee the commissioning of the first unit for the Baihetan station in 2021 as scheduled, said the company.