Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai broke ground for the construction of the Vinh Tan No. 4 Thermal Power Plant on March 9.
|At the groundbreaking ceremony(Photo: Vietnamnews)|
The plant is part of a project involving four plants of the Vinh Tan Power Center in Tuy Phong District, in the central province of Binh Thuan.
It received much of its funding by the Power Generation Corporation No.3 with a total cost of VND36 trillion (US$1.7 billion).
The plant will be the largest thermal power plant including two turbines capable of creating 1,200MW. It is projected to generate around 7.2 billion kWh annually.
The first turbine is expected to complete and operate in 2017 and the second is expected to in 2018.
Demand of electricity in the country has increased more than many other Asian countries, said Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai, during the ceremony. Vietnam is expected to increase energy use to 300 billion kWh, an increase of 300 percent since 2010.
On the same day, the Ministry of Transport launched a ceremony to improve the National Highway 91 in Can Tho City in the Mekong delta.
The old highway is too narrow to satisfy the increasing demand of transportation, said Deputy Transport Minister Nguyen Van The. Upgrades are needed because is a major route connecting the city to other provinces in Mekong Delta such as An Giang and Kien Giang.
The project will be carried out under the BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) form costing VND1,588 billion (US$75 billion), according to the Transport Ministry. Upgrades will take 22 months to complete.
The 28-kilometer road will have two lanes and the width will increase from 5 meters to 11 meters.