PM Dung visits west-northern Son La province


Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his delegation continued the visit and working with leaders of the west-northern Son La province on April 22.


The Son La leaders reported  to the PM that, in order to exercise Party Congress 11 resolution Son La will implement maximum efforts , in 2011 striving to increase GDP to 14,5% of 2010, reducing the number of poor household to 3% - 5% of the province population and stabilizing production and daily life of  the people, especially those affected by hydro electric power projects…

The PM praised the efforts of Son La authorities and people as well as officials and workers to overcome all difficulties and hardships. He also proposed that Son La exploit agricultural land , carry out intensive cultivation , increasing maize productivity, expanding the  area of rubber trees and cotton trees and increasing the flock of cows for milk in Moc Chau  district…Son La can develop cement  industry and  hydroelectric power but at the same time focus on preserving  environment…



Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung ( in black shirt ) visits Son La power plant.

On the day before, he delivered speech at a ceremony held on April 21 to mark the generation of electricity from turbine No. 2 and the 1 billionth kWh produced by turbine No. 1 at the Son La power plant in the northern Son La province. In his speech, he commented that the Son La hydroelectric power plant is a key national project and a model of construction progress, quality and labor safety that should be applied to other major projects.



PM Dung also requested the project’s investors, design and construction units, officials, engineers and workers continue to speed up the installation of turbines No. 3 and No. 4 to accomplish them in August and December as planned.


The Son La hydroelectric power plant, the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia, is invested, designed, built and operated by Vietnam itself. It was put into operation three years ahead of schedule.


With six turbine groups and a combined capacity of 2,400 MW, the project has a total investment capital of some 42 trillion VND, or more than 2.1 billion USD, and will supply the economy with 10.2 billion kWh of power a year once it swings into full operation in 2012.


Also on April 21, PM Dung and leaders of relevant ministries and agencies made field trips to the Ban Chat and Huoi Quang hydroelectric power plants in the northern mountainous provinces of Lai Chau and Son La, respectively.


By Phan Trung - Translated by Tri Dan

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