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PM Dung breaks ground on nation's biggest power plant, opens bridge

Update: May, 18/2015 - 09:28
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung officially opened the Co Chien Bridge on National Highway No 60, linking the Mekong provinces of Ben Tre and Tra Vinh. It was completed more than a year ahead of schedule. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
HCM CITY (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung broke ground on Saturday for the construction of the largest power plant Viet Nam has built to date, Song Hau No 1 Thermal Power Plant.

The two-turbine plant in the Mekong province of Hau Giang's Chau Thanh District should have a capacity of 1,200 megawatts when complete. Vietnam Oil & Gas Group (PetroVietnam) provided funding for the VND43-trillion (US$2-billion) plant.

Song Hau No 1 is one of three plants in the Song Hau Power Centre, which has a total capacity of 5,200 megawatts. The plant is scheduled to start operating in 2019 and contribute around 7.8 billion kWh per year to the national grid.

The project is also expected to create thousands of jobs during its construction and when it becomes operational.

Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony, Dung said the new plant would help ensure national energy security and boost economic development.

In addition to visiting the Song Hau construction site, PM Dung officially opened Co Chien Bridge, which links the Mekong provinces of Ben Tre and Tra Vinh. — VGP News Photo Nhat Bac

He also asked Hau Giang provincial authorities to co-operate with PetroVietnam to keep the construction on schedule and make sure it obeys environmental regulations.

On the same day, Dung officially opened the Co Chien Bridge on National Highway No 60, linking the Mekong provinces of Ben Tre and Tra Vinh. It was completed more than a year ahead of schedule.

The 1,600m-long bridge cost more than VND2.3 trillion ($105.8 million) to build. It required an additional VND997 billion ($45.9 million) for the construction of the 9km-long approaching roads.

Dung said the Co Chien Bridge and other transport infrastructure projects would help boost the economic development of provinces in the Mekong Delta region.

He also said the Ministry of Transport needed to speed up projects to strengthen regional connectivity. Examples included upgrading National Highway No 1 from HCM City to Ca Mau, Trung Luong - Can Tho Expressway, and construction of the Cao Lanh and Vam Cong bridges. — VNS

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