Further Impetus for Mekong Delta to Develop

The O Mon Thermal Power Plant is constructed as the first project of the O Mon Power Center. The Center will play an important role in the development of Can Tho City and the Mekong Delta.

Ground-breaking Ceremony of O Mon Thermal Power Plant.

The O Mon Thermal Power Plant’s foundation stone was laid in O Mon District, Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta of Viet Nam, on February 26, 2006. 
The Plant, which is part of the O Mon project #1, has a capacity of 660 MW generated by two generators, producing averagely 3.6 billion kWh of electricity a year, at the consumption of about 800 million to one billion cubic meters of gas. 
The investment comes from Viet Nam Electricity Corporation, represented by Can Tho Thermal Power Company, advised on design by Tokyo Electric Power Services Co., Ltd. (TEPSCO), and constructed by a Joint Venture Corporation between Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Company and Mitsubishi Corporation. 
The Plant costs VND6,666 billion (about US$419 million), 85% of which is financed by Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) through preferential loans of the Japanese Government’s Official Development Assistance (ODA). 
The first generator is expected into use at the end of 2008, and the second by 2010. 
Besides O Mon project #1, the O Mon Power Center, projected at 2,800MW, also has O Mon project #2 with a capacity of 720MW, O Mon project #3 (700MW), and O Mon project #4 (720MW). The total capital of the four projects is about US$2 billion and they will consume about 4 billion cubic meters of gas a year. 
Together with the Ca Mau Thermal Power Plant which will be constructed in March 2006, the O Mon Power Center will meet the electric demands of the region and Cambodia. 
At the ground-breaking ceremony, Standing Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung emphasized the need for energy to support the process of national industrialization and modernization. The construction of the O Mon Thermal Power Plant as well as the O Mon Power Center will create a strong impetus for the development of Can Tho City and the Mekong Delta. 
The Deputy PM requested the Ministry of Industry, Viet Nam Electricity Corporation, and local authorities to soon carry out the remaining projects, especially the transmission of gas from the West- Southern seabed to O Mon. Also, the designers contractors and subcontractors are also required to keep properly to the signed contracts and schedules and try their best to put the generators into operation as planned.

By M.Tr. - Translated by Yen Chuong

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