The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Quang Nam Province has officially asked the Song Tranh 2, A Vuong, Dak Mi 4 and Song Con hydropower plants to release water to low lying areas from May 20-June 10, to help ease drought conditions.
|Dak Mi 4 hydropower plant has released water, but not enough to revive the dried Dak Mi River in Quang Nam Province (Photo: SGGP)|
The A Vuong hydropower plant has been asked to release 30-39 cubic metres a second for 16 consecutive hours a day and Song Tranh 2 for 80-120 cubic metres a second for 24 hours a day.
Song Con will release 16-20 cubic metres per second for eight hours a day and Dak Mi 4 will release 40-50 cubic metres per second for 16 hours a day.
So far, the Dak Mi 4 plant has released some water but only at 13 cubic metres per second, which is not enough to revive the dried Dak Mi River.
In related news, the first turbine of the A Luoi hydropower plant began functioning on Monday, generating electricity for supply to the national grid in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.
A Luoi, an investment of the Central Hydropower Joint Stock Company on the A Sap River, is the biggest hydropower plant in the province.
Construction of the plant cost an estimated VND3,234 billion (US$154 million). The plant has two turbines with total capacity of 170MW. The second turbine is expected to be in operation by the end of June this year.