China’s dam project, known as the Yixing Dam, is expected in 2033 to increase its height to 1,195 meters (3,056 feet), a project that will have implications for the region.
The Chinese government has pledged to increase the project’s height to more over 1,300 meters by 2035.
The Yixin Dam project is currently under review, which could make the project a high priority for the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), which is building the dam.
The project has been under scrutiny since 2011, when China signed a deal with Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) to build a large dam that will eventually double the height of the Yangtze River.
China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) told Bloomberg that the new height of Yixang Dam is “unlikely” to affect the river’s current flow.
However, the dam will likely increase its capacity to a maximum of 4,000 cubic meters (2,845,000 liters) of water per day, according to the ministry.
The total capacity of the Yinxing Dam project in 2020 was 3,788,000-4,100,000, according a 2016 report by China’s National Environment Monitoring Center.
The Yixining Dam will not only flood the Yitzhar River, but will also create flood zones, according the report.
The China National Energy Administration (CNEC) said in June that the YIXIN dam will boost water supplies for some villages and will provide water for more than 30 million people.
The river in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is home to some 40 million people, according Xinhua News Agency.
Yixing dam project has a long historyThe Yaxing Dam was completed in 1894, but was never officially recognized by the Qing Dynasty, which ended the Qing dynasty in 1911.
China began building the Yaxin Dam in the 1960s as part of its plan to increase water supplies to cities and agriculture.
In 2000, the Chinese government formally approved the Yuxing Dam for the Yayang River in Xinjiang, according CNN.
China is the world’s third-largest importer of oil, accounting for nearly half of all U.S. imports.