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Work begins on hydroelectric dam

Update: December, 02/2013 - 08:58

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai and World Bank Country Director in Viet Nam Victoria Kwakwa attended the ceremony held in Trung Son Commune, Quan Hoa District.— VNA/VNS Photo

THANH HOA (VNS) — The first phase of dam building on the Ma River for the Trung Son hydroelectric project kicked off yesterday.

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai attended the ceremony held in Trung Son Commune, Quan Hoa District.

Addressing the event, the deputy PM lauded local authorities, the project's investor and the constructors for their great success in land clearance and other preparatory work for the multi-purpose project. He urged the provincial People's Committee and local authorities to implement resettlement work and ensure a better life for people asked to move.

The project is the first of its kind in Viet Nam financed by the World Bank, which is providing 80 percent of the total cost (US$330 million). The remaining amount will come from Trung Son Hydropower Co Ltd, a subsidiary of Electricity of Viet Nam, the project's investor.

With a capacity of 260 MW, the four-turbine plant is expected to add over 1 billion kWh to the national power grid every year. The project also aims to control floods in the lower reaches of the Ma River and create momentum for socio-economic development and poverty reduction in Quan Hoa District.

Notably, the project will contribute to Viet Nam's climate change programme by generating clean energy and avoiding the production of an estimated 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

Construction began in November 2012 and is scheduled to finish in August 2017. — VNS

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