Construction is due to commence shortly on the 61m high asphalt concrete core embankment dam, which will have a crest length of 312m.

The Xinjiang Kezijiaer project is being built as a key part of water control and flood management measures, and is related to protective measures for the South Water Transfer Project.

Work on the scheme started on site in mid-2006 and excavation of the diversion tunnel began just over a year ago. With completion of the bore and acceptance of the tunnel last month, Sinohydro said that work has just been completed to close the river.