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

Date: December 2013
Type: Evaluation Reports
Evaluation; Energy
Series: Validations of Project Completion Reports
Project Number: 39652-023


The rapid pace of economic growth in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) fueled the demand for electricity, which increased by more than 13% since 2002. This resulted in serious power shortages in many areas of the PRC. The electricity sector also became a major air polluter as production was overwhelmingly based on coal. To meet the growing electricity demand in an environmentally sustainable manner and to support economic growth in the rural areas of Gansu, the Government of PRC committed to the development of the Heihe River scheme. The scheme was an integral part of the power system planning and least-cost generation expansion plan in Gansu to provide additional generation capacity.

The project was built in the remote and impoverished rural areas of Zhangye City,in the province of Gansu. The project was a key component of the Heihe River Cascade Hydropower Development Scheme, which was a large hydroelectric development with seven separate runof-river medium-sized hydropower plants (HPP) in cascade on the Heihe River. The whole scheme aimed to provide an environmentally clean power supply for local consumption and to support economic growth in the rural areas of Zhangye City.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. 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