Sichuan dams pass safety checks despite damage

15 May 2008 09:32  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Three major dams damaged by the recent earthquake in Sichuan province, China, have been certified as structurally safe and stable, the Ministry of Water Resources and the Sichuan Government said in a statement on Thursday.

Working teams and an expert panel which were sent to Zipingpu Dam, China's largest water project, to assess the damages. Zipingpu Dam is located upstream from Dujiang Weir, a water conversancy project from ancient China.

Dujiang Weir was also declared as safe after inspection, despite the collapse of part of the outer canal and standby power houses, added the Ministry of Water Resources.

The results come amid earlier concerns about the safety of the ancient irrigation system, located just 59km from Chengdu.

The famous Three Gorges Dam was also reported to have escaped unscathed. Inspections have revealed that no damage has been caused to the facility which was built to withstand quakes of up to 7 on the Richter scale.  

Surveillance of the dam, however, has been tightened after the quake, said the China Three Gorges Project Corp in a statement on Tuesday.

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