Schedule of Three Gorges Dam Project

  Sep.15th, 2009
The anticipated annual electricity generation is 84.6 billion kilowatt hoursThe experimental operation of raising the water level to 175-meters height was started. Hence, the combined impact of the project such as flood control, generating electricity and shipping will be brought into full play.

  Aug.29th, 2009
The operation of raising the reservoir to the ideal height of 175 meters was checked and accepted, which is the last acceptance of the 3rd-stage of the Three Gorges Project.

  Oct.29th, 2008
The No.15 hydropower unit on right bank was put into operation and began to generate electricity. It is the last one to generate electricity in Three Gorges Right Bank Hydropower Station. Thus far, all of the 26 hydropower units have been put into operation.

   Sep 25th, 2007
From this day, the dam enters the 2007 impounding time after flood recession. By then, the water level will reach from 476 feet to 512 feet.

Five-level ship locks of Three Gorges Dam   May 20th, 2006
Through everybody's hard work and good cooperation, the Three Gorges Dam is primarily completed.

   May 11th, 2006
The first Machgr stator coils in the right bank power station are starting to be assembled, signifying the beginning of the electromechanical installation work of the 12 power generation sets on the right bank of the Three Gorges Dam.

   April 21st–24th, 2006
During these four days, the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao makes an inspection in Chongqing to discuss the migration problems associated with the area of the Three Gorges Dam as well as the Chongqing economical and social development.

   March 29th, 2006
The final construction period starts.

   Feb.10th, 2006
The dam bottom clearing work enters the stage of implementation.

   Sep.16th, 2005
The fourteen Machgrs on the left bank of the dam enters the operating period, which is one year ahead of schedule, to generate electricity.

   Dec.28th, 2004
The third electricity corridor which delivers electric power to Shanghai goes into operation in Yidu City in Hubei Province.

   Aug.24th, 2004
No.8 power generation set in the left bank power station connects to the grid and begins to generate electricity.

   July 26th, 2004
No.11 power generation set in the left bank power station connects to the grid and begins to generate electricity.

   July 8th, 2004
Having passed the acceptance standard, the double-lane and five-step ship locks are formally opened to navigation after the trial navigation period.

   Apr. 30th, 2004
No.7 power generation set in the left bank power station connects to the grid and begins to generate electricity.

   Jan. 9th, 2004
The project enters the third construction stage during which the right bank dam, the right bank power station and the largest ship lifter in the world will be completed.

Nearly-completed five-level ship locks on April 14, 2003   Nov. 22nd, 2003
No.1 power generation set connects to the grid and begins to generate electricity.

   Aug. 18th, 2003
No. 3 power generation set connects to the grid and begins to generate electricity.

   July 10th, 2003
No.2 power generation set connects to the grid and begins to generate electricity.

   June 16th, 2003
The double-lane and five-step ship locks enter the trial navigation period.

   June 1st, 2003
The double-lane and five-step ship locks are put into use and begin to store water.

   May 30th, 2003
The No.20, No.21, No.22 and No.23 flood discharge outlets are opened.

   Nov. 7th, 2002
The biggest hydraulic turbine generator rotor in the world has been successfully hoisted into position, which symbolizes the project enters the assembly period.

   Nov. 6th, 2002
The diversion tunnel of the Yangtze River has been successfully dammed.

The body part of the Dam under construction on Aug 6, 2001   Oct.21st, 2002
The construction of the flood discharge embankment has been completed.

   May 1st, 2002
The upstream cofferdam is destroyed after having successfully fulfilled its historic mission, allowing the rolling eastward Yangtze River to rush into the foundation pit of the Three Gorges Dam, which paves the way of the further construction of Three Gorges Dam Project.

  Dec.31st, 2001
The concrete deposit in the Three Gorges Dam in the year totals 4.0638 million m³, which break the world record for the third year in a row.

  Sep.15th, 2000
The 22 diversion bottom holes in the flood discharge section are sealed.

  Jan.25th, 1999
The construction of the metal structures of the Three Gorges Dam is started in a comprehensive way.

  May 1st, 1998
The navigation through the temporary ship lock is begun.

Five-level ship locks under construction on Aug 6, 2001  Nov.8th, 1997
Yangtze River is successfully dammed.

  Oct.6th, 1997
The damming of the diversion channel is formally opened to navigation.

  Apr.18th, 1995
The Three Gorges left bank power station is started construction.

  Dec.14th, 1994
The grand commencement ceremony of the Three Gorges Project is solemnly held in the dam area.

  Apr.3rd, 1992
The Fifth Session of the Seventh National People's Congress approves the construction of "the Three Gorges Project on the resolution".