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Schedule of the Three Gorges Dam

There are three stages for completing Three Gorges Dam.

The first stage took five years from 1992 to 1997.

During the period, the cofferdam construction and the excavation of a diversion channel in the first stage were finished. Meanwhile, a temporary ship lock on the left bank of the river and some preparation work was also completed.

The second stage lasted six years from 1998 to 2003.

The cofferdam construction was in its second stage and was undertaken at the same time, and the construction of the permanent ship lock and the navigation buildings. The power station facilities construction and the installation of machinery on the left bank were also completed.

The third stage of the project began in 2003 and has been completed in 2009.

During this period, the installation of all machinery, the construction of the power station and the dam on the right bank are finished. Now, a 3,861 square miles canyon-reservoir dam is presented to the world.

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When was the dam first built and when did it open and how long did it take to built?
2018-10-09 12:38
Hi Niamh,

Thanks for your question! The grand Three Gorge Dam project was officially started On December 14, 1994 and finished at the end of 2009. It took about 17 years to build if the two years of preparation work period (1992-1993) was calculated in. It has been gradually opened to visitors since the beginning of 2007.

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