Northern Lao Cai suspends building 9 hydropower plants

Northern upland province of Lao Cai has approved to suspend the construction of 39 hydropower plants with capacity of 1-2 MW to protect the environment, according to the municipal Department of Industry and Trade.

The move will not only limit bad impact to national parks in the province but also raise electricity transmission efficiency since most of the projects are located far away from main power grid, said Le Ngoc Hung, director of the department.

The provincial chairman Nguyen Van Vinh last Wednesday approved to halt the building of 8 such plants in Sa Pa District so that tourism sites and the live of natives there won’t be affected by those projects.


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