The Three Gorges hydroelectric plant in China – the world’s largest hydroelectric plant in terms of installed capacity – has set a new world record for annual power output, China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG) has announced.

Power generation this year at the plant reached the 103.1 billion kWh mark at 8:20 a.m. on 15 November, beating the previous world record of 103.098 billion kWh set by Itaipu Dam in 2016.

Earlier this year, when China’s economic and social development was impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Three Gorges hydropower plant continued to increase its power output and peak load regulating capacity said CTG, transmitting record clean energy to provinces and cities. 

The Three Gorges hydropower plant has a total installed capacity of 22.5GW, with 32 units of 750MW capacity and two 50MW units. The plant, with a designed annual power output of 88.2 billion kWh, is a major power source for the West-to-East Power Transmission Initiative and North-South Power Exchange Initiative.