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Lai Chau hydro power contract signed

Update: May, 14/2013 - 12:29

A contract for the main work on the Lai Chau hydro-power plant was signed yesterday for VND11.17 trillion (US$532 million). Work will be carried out by the Song Da Corporation.

HA NOI (VNS)– A contract for the main work on the Lai Chau hydro-power plant was signed yesterday for VND11.17 trillion (US$532 million). Work will be carried out by the Song Da Corporation.

The plant is on the Da River in Muong Te District in northern Lai Chau Province. Preparatory work to block off the river began in early 2011.

Electricity of Viet Nam is the main investor for the 1,200MW project, worth VND35.7 trillion (US$1.8 billion). It will be the third biggest power plant in Viet Nam, just behind Son La and Hoa Binh plants.

Director of the Son La and Lai Chau hydro-power management board Nguyen Hong Ha said offices plus accommodation for workers had been completed.

Builders have already finished removing 15 million cubic metres of soil and stone for the foundations.

"The first turbine of the plant is expected to be operational early in 2016," he added.

According to Prime Minister Decision 819/QD-TTg, more than 1,330 households in eight of the province's communes and one town will be relocated to new areas.

The plant is expected to provide an average 4,670 million kWh of electricity annually. -- VNS


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