Table 1. Characteristics of four proposed hydroelectric dams on the Nu River, China.


Dam site Dam height (m)† Reservoir area (km²) Installed capacity (MW)† Number of people displaced‡ Cost of resettlement
(billion RMB)§
Total project investment (billion RMB) Annual commercial value of hydropower
(billion RMB)¦
Maji 300 16.5†–66.2¶ 4200 19,830 1.0 18.4 5.9
Lumadeng 165 2.9¶–11.2¶ 2000 6092 0.3 9.1 3.2
Yabiluo 133 1.8†–8.9¶ 1800 3982 0.2 6.0 2.9
Lushui 175 4.0†–18.5¶ 2400 6190 0.3 8.8 4.0
Total 10,400 36,094 1.8 42.4 16.0
†From Dore and Yu (2004).
‡Figures for number of people displaced represent currently available government estimates (He et al. 2007, Magee and McDonald 2009); however, as noted in Results: Biophysical domain, there is considerable uncertainty about reservoir sizes, which could affect the figures for displaced population.
§Resettlement costs are based on a projected minimum of 50,000 RMB/person (Yunnan Redevelopment Commission). The exchange rate is 1 USD = 6.6 RMB.
¦The annual commercial value of hydropower is based on current government estimates, but the lifespan of the hydropower projects and future electricity prices are uncertain.
¶Modeled by Kibler (2011).