Wudongde and Baihetan Hydropower Stations are part of the phase 2 project of the cascade development of downstream Jinsha River. The feasibilitystudy reports on these two stations were approved by National Development and Reform Commission in 2010, giving a green light to the commencementof construction of these two power stations. These two hydropower stations are key projects of exploitation of the upper reaches of Yangtze River underthe Comprehensive Plan for Yangtze River Watershed (2012-2030), landmark projects under the Go-West Program, over 10,000MW hydropower stationsto be built after the Three Gorges Hydropower Station and Xiluodu Hydropower Station, as the central power source under the“ West-to-East PowerTransmission Project” , an important part of the flood control system along Yangtze River, the key hydropower development projects under the national12th five-year plan for renewable energy sources as well as a major contributor to China's target of increasing the percentage of non-fossil–source energy inprimary energy consumption to about 15% in 2020.
In 2014, the administrative permitting process of the two power plants was well underway. The National Administration of Energy held a meeting toreview and approve the construction activities of these two power plants, defining the project approval objectives for these two power plants to achievein 2015 and establishing a task force to deal with resettlement, navigation, power transmission and benefit sharing matters. Coordination meetings at alllevels and on a wide range of subject matters were organized, and an approved information disclosure policy was established to deal with and approverelated significant matters and issues. The engineering design, environmental impact assessment and resettlement plan of the these two power plantswere well underway and the preparatory works at the project site progressed in an orderly manner, making the two power plants meet the conditions forcommencement of construction.
The dam engineering design was further improved, and the feasibility study reports (dam projects) met the conditions for administrative review. Theresettlement plans of these two power plants made significant breakthrough, while ad-hoc report review (approval) activities unfolded across the board.The resettlement plan of Wudongde Hydropower Station has been approved by Sichuan and Yunnan provincial governments, with resettlement planningreport and ad-hoc reports completed and review process underway. The resettlement planning activities for Baihetan Hydropower Station took place asscheduled, with significant progress made in environmental impact assessment activities. The EIA reports of these two power plants have been receivedby the Ministry of Environmental Protection, while EIA report of Baihetan Hydropower Station passed the technical review into the approval process. Theadministrative permitting (registration) process was underway. 15 administrative licensing applications of these power plants including land requisitionpreliminary review, siting opinion letter, water and soil conservation, water administrative permitting (water resource demonstration, flood control impactassessment, planning consent and approval of water acquisition), seismic safety assessment, geological hazard assessment and work safety preliminaryassessment have been approved (registered) by the related commissions and ministries under the State Council and by Sichuan and Yunnan provincialgovernments. The power transmission planning reports were completed, and other administrative licensing activities are being conducted as scheduled.