China Huaneng Group has announced plans to start operation of the first generation unit of its Xiaowan hydropower project in SW China Yunnan Province on 25 September.

Huaneng plans to put two of the CNY 24.1 billion project generation units into operation this year. The project which features six 700MW generation units is built on the middle reaches of the Lancang River. Construction started in 2002 and is scheduled to be completed by 2011.