The Lijiaxia Hydroelectric Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam on the Yellow River in Jainca County, Qinghai Province, China. The dam houses a hydroelectric power station with 5 x 400 MW generators for a total installed capacity of 2,000 MW. Construction began in April 1988 and the reservoir began to fill on December 26, 1996. On January 26, 1997, the initial reservoir operating level was reached and the first generator was commissioned in February.
Lijiaxia Dam
Country China
Locale Jainca County, Qinghai Province
Status In use
Construction began 1988
Opening date 1997
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Arch gravity dam
Height 155 metres (509 ft)
Length 396 metres (1,299 ft)
Crest width 8 metres (26 ft)
Base width 45 metres (148 ft)
Impounds Yellow River
Type of spillway Service, gate-controlled on crest
Creates Lijiaxia Reservoir
Capacity 1.65E+9 cubic metres (1,337,677 acre·ft)
Catchment area 136,747 square kilometres (52,798 sq mi)
Surface area 383 square kilometres (148 sq mi)
Power station
Hydraulic head 122 metres (400 ft) (design)
Turbines 5 x 400 MW
Installed capacity 2,000 MW