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Work starts on first thermal plant in southern Viet Nam   2010-08-09 - Viet Nam News

Construction of southern Viet Nam’s first thermal power plant, Vinh Tan 2, kicked off yesterday, August 8, in Binh Thuan Province’s Tuy Phong District.

Construction of southern Viet Nam’s first thermal power plant kicked off yesterday in Binh Thuan Province. (Photo: VNE)
Construction of southern Viet Nam’s first thermal power plant kicked off yesterday in Binh Thuan Province. (Photo: VNE)
The project is worth VND23 trillion (US$1.2 billion) and the plant has a designed capacity of 1,244MW.

The Vinh Tan 2 Thermal Power Plant would be one of three plants that make up the Vinh Tan Power Centre, which is a part of the 2006-2015 planning project for the 2025 (Master plan VI), General Director of Electricity of Viet Nam (EVN) Pham Le Thanh said.

The plant would house two 622-MW turbines and consume about 3 million tonnes of coal per year. When fully operational in June 2014, the plant was expected to produce 7.2 billion kWh annually, Thanh said.

Eighty-five per cent of the project’s total investment was provided by a preferential loan from the China Import-Export Bank and the Chinese Government’s official development assistance capital. The project’s remaining capital was provided by the EVN.

Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai said he highly appreciated the significance of the plant because it would help ensure the country’s energy security, which would enhance the socio-economic development of the south in particular and of the country in general.

Thanh said the project would be an important supplementary provision of electricity that would satisfy the southern key economic region’s increasing demand, help ease pressure on the North-South transmission line, and improve the efficiency of the national grid system.

Hai asked the National Coal and Mineral Industries Group to co-operate with the Ministry of Transport to manage the delivery of coal to the Vinh Tan centre.

He requested the project’s contractor, Shanghai Electric Group Company Ltd (SEC) of China, to finish the plant on schedule.

Binh Thuan Province People’s Committee and local authorities were also asked to finish clearing the site before September and to take care of the people whose land was expropriated.

Hai said the Ministry of Industry and Trade would work with related agencies to complete contractual negotiations for Vinh Tan 1 and Vinh Tan 3 as soon as possible.

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