A watershed moment: ECA financed Three Gorges dam soon to reach final height

(China Dialogue, San Francisco, 19 November 2009) The world’s largest hydropower project will soon reach its final dimensions. Peter Bosshard draws a number of conclusions from the experience of the Three Gorges. The hydropower project on the Yangtze River substitutes the burning of at least 30 million tonnes of coal every year, but critics say other options for substituting coal would have been cheaper. Most resettlers in the Yangtze Valley have still not been adequately compensated and anti-corruption protesters were frequently beaten; downstream erosion and 178 km. of unstable upstream riverbanks; reservoir pollution and other problems have plagued the project.