Cracks on hydropower reservoir not a matter of concern: Gov’t

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai concluded on Tuesday that after relevant authorities had inspected the main dam of the Song Tranh 2 Hydropower Plant reservoir in the central province of Quang Nam, they had not found any unusual cracks that would be a matter of concern.

Inspectors from the Ministry of Construction survey cracks along the Song Tranh 2 Hydropower Plant reservoir dam (Photo: SGGP)

However, Mr. Hai still instructed all the relevant parties to speed up repair work of the cracks on the dam that were still leaking water.

He blamed Vietnam Electricity (EVN), investor in the hydropower plant, for confusing the public on actual facts of the situation, handling the issue unprofessionally, and not informing the media in time and with factual information.

He instructed EVN to run the Song Tranh 2 Hydropower Plant at its fullest capacity to lower the water level in the reservoir and facilitate repair works.

Leaks in the dam are currently being repaired and there is no danger to the plant. EVN should instruct relevant units including investors, contractors and consultants of the plant to urgently step up measures to plug the leaks and also look into the causes.

They must regularly report to the State Inspection Committee for Construction Projects and the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

The ministry should coordinate with the group and the council to send experts to the scene to monitor and instruct the implementation of repair works, and host a press conference to explain clearly all investigation results and solutions.
Mr. Hai tasked the State Inspection Committee for Construction Projects to give their conclusions on the dam safety and inform residents so that they can feel much more secure.

The People’s Committee of Quang Nam Province should continue to work with EVN and the Ministry of Industry and Trade to operate the hydropower plant safely and effectively.

The Ministry of Information and Communications should instruct the media to report factually and objectively, about the situation at the Song Tranh 2 Hydropower Plant, so as not to raise panic in people.

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By Phan Thao – Translated by Hai Mien

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