VN third largest hydropower plant breaks ground

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on Wednesday attended a groundbreaking ceremony at Vietnam’s third largest hydropower plant, in the northwestern province of Lai Chau.

Prime Minster Nguyen Tan Dung (in the middle of the picture) is at the groundbreaking ceremony of Vietnam’s third largest hydropower plant, in the northwestern province of Lai Chau, on January 5

The Lai Chau Hydropower Plant, which is about to be built in the Nam Hang Commune, Muong Te District, is third largest of its kind in the country, after Hoa Binh and Son La. All the three plants are in the Da River.

The new plant, invested in by the Vietnam Electricity (EVN) with an overall cost of VND35.7 trillion (US$1.8 billion), will have three machine units with a total capacity of 1,200MW.

The plant’s first machine unit is expected to generate electricity by 2016. Lai Chau Plant will substantially contribute to the power output for the country, and play an important role in providing water to the Red River Delta.

The plant reservoir’s total capacity is about 1.2 billion cubic meters, which will be located entirely in the Muong Te District.

After the Lai Chau is built, total output of hydropower plants in the Da River will reach  6,500MW, producing 25 billion kWh annually, which will account for one third of the country’s total hydropower output.

At the ceremony, Prime Minster Nguyen Tan Dung said that the construction of Lai Chau Hydropower Plant would affect about 10,000 local residents.

PM Dung instructed the Lai Chau Province authorities, to compensate and resettlement those people that are affected and displaced, by the construction of the hydropower plant.

On the same day in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang, a ceremony was held to begin the construction of Long Phu 1 thermal power plant.

The Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (Petrovietnam) have invested money into the 1,200MW plant on about 115 hectares. Its first machine unit will be completed by 2014; while the whole plant will be completed one year later.

Meanwhile, in the Central Highlands, 90 percent of the DakR’Tih-2 has been built while The DakR’Tih-1’s first machine unit is expected to generate electricity by May 15, 2011.

It is scheduled that the 144MW DakR’Tih plant, which comprises the DakR’Tih-1 and DakR’Tih-2, has four machine units and will be completed by August 30.

The project began construction in June 2007, in Gia Nghia town of Dak Nong Province. It has total expenditure of VND4.3 trillion (US$220 million) and will produce nearly 640,000 MWh of electricity per year.

By staff writers – Translated by Nguyen Mien

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