|The power plant Ca Mau 1 starts operations on Dec. 27 (Photo: SGGP)|
The Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) on Dec. 27 put into operation two power plants and PM3 – Ca Mau gas pipeline in the southernmost province of Ca Mau.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung affirmed the importance of the Ca Mau Gas-electricity-nitrogenous fertilizer complex in the province and its strategic significance to socio-economic development in the southern delta and the whole country.
The complex plays a decisive role in ensuring energy safety, contributing to maintaining national food safety and industrial development.
Earlier, Deputy PM Hung also cut a ribbon to open the Khanh An bridge on the road linking Ca Mau town and the Ca Mau Gas-electricity-nitrogenous fertilizer complex.
The two power plants, Ca Mau 1 and Ca Mau 2, and the PM3-Ca Mau gas pipeline, part of the Ca Mau Gas-electricity-nitrogenous fertilizer complex - a national scaled project invested by PetroVietnam, was built on more than 200 ha in Khanh An commune, U Minh district.
The 325km-long PM3-Ca Mau gas pipeline, including 298 km under sea, with a capacity of 2 billion cubic meters of gas a year, has total investment of 300 million USD. It first brought gas ashore in May 2007.
The pipeline has so far channeled more than 800 million cu.m of gas to provide for the Ca Mau 1 plant’s operation and test run of Ca Mau 2 plant.
The two power plants, constructed at a total cost of 860 million USD, have a combined capacity of 1.500 MW. They are capable of supplying more than 9 billion KWh a year, representing 15-20 percent of the country’s total electricity production.