|Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai broke ground for the expansion of the Da Nhim Hydropower Plant in Ninh Thuan Province on Saturday 12. — VNA/VNS Photo Ngoc Ha
NINH THUAN (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai on Saturday broke ground for the expansion of the Da Nhim Hydropower Plant in Ninh Thuan Province.
According to the Electricity of Viet Nam, the expansion will add 80MW to the plant's capacity.
At the ground-breaking ceremony, Hai hailed the role of the plant in the country achieving its socio-economic development and security targets.
Though the additional capacity may not be significant, it would help fully use the water in the Da Nhim River, some of which is wasted now.
The project would also help mitigate flooding, he said.
The expansion work, being done at a cost of VND1.95 trillion (US$86.7 million), with 85 per cent coming from Japanese ODA loans, is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2018. The Da Nhim Hydropower Plant, built in 1964, generates one billion kWh every year, and the expansion will add 100 million kWh. — VNS