Binh Dien hydro plant urged to improve reservoir

Thua Thien-Hue Province authorities have asked the Binh Dien Hydropower Joint Stock Co. to raise the doors of reservoirs at the Binh Dien hydropower plant to improve control over circulation of rising water in storm and flood seasons.

Binh Dien Hydropower Plant suspended operations in late September when Typhoon Ketsana damaged its two generators. Officials have asked the plant to raise its reservoir doors to improve its water release capacity.  (Photo: SGGP)

The lifting of all five doors of the plant’s reservoir will help prevent water from overflowing and mitigate damage when storms and floods occur, said Nguyen Van Cao, deputy chairman of the province’s People’s Committee.

When Typhoon Ketsana hit last September, the height of water in the reservoir reached 81 meters, surpassing the limit of 73 meters.

The water overflow from the plant was said to contribute to pushing up levels of the Huong River and submerging Hue inner-city areas and suburban districts.

The plant had to open all five doors of its reservoir releasing 4,500 cubic meters of water per second to protect its dam.

The plant’s two generators were damaged in the process, so it has suspended operations while repairs are carried out.

The plant, located by the Huu Trach River, a tributary of the Huong River in the province, came into operation in May 2009 with a capacity of 44 MW. It can generate 200 million kWh per year.

By Vu Van Thang – Translated by Truc Thinh

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