People’s Republic of China: Gansu Heihe Rural Hydropower Development Investment Program – Dagushan Hydropower Project

Date: June 2014
Type: Evaluation Reports
Evaluation; Energy
Series: Validations of Project Completion Reports
Project Number: 39652-033


Electricity in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is largely produced by coal, with coal-fired power plants producing about 81% in 2005. The burning of coal has caused serious environmental problems and has resulted in 50% of the country’s sulfur dioxide emissions, 80% of nitrogen oxide emissions, and 26% of carbon dioxide emissions. Coal consumption was the major cause of poor air quality. Acid rain, which is caused by sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, fell on one-third of the country. In 2005, only 128 of the PRC’s 342 major cities met the standards for acceptable air quality—national class II air quality standards. Six of the world’s most polluted cities were in the PRC. Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu Province, had the worst air pollution index of 47 key national environment cities. Of Gansu’s 14 cities, 13 did not meet acceptable standards.

The expected outcome of the investment program was to supply reliable, clean, and affordable hydropower to rural consumers in Zhangye City of Gansu Province. This report validates the completion report of the program. IED overall assessment: Highly successful


  • Project Basic Data
  • Project Description
  • Evaluation of Performance and Ratings
  • Other Performance Assessments
  • Overall Assessment, Lessons, and Recommendations
  • Other Considerations and Follow-up