flows through Ca Mau pipeline
|Ca Mau Electricity Plant
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CA MAU — The Viet Nam
National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) commissioned on Saturday the Ca Mau
Electricity Plant No1 and No2 and the PM3-Ca Mau gas pipeline in the
southernmost province of Ca Mau.
The 1,500MW plants are
expected to significantly boost development in the region.
Speaking at the
ribbon-cutting ceremony, Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung said
the operation of the plants and the gas pipeline marks a milestone in the
process of building the US$3 billion megaproject, the Ca Mau
The complex is to produce
an estimated 10 billion KWh of electricity each year, or 15-20 per cent of the
current national power supply.
It would also produce 1.6
million tonnes of fertiliser per year, or two thirds of the national fertiliser
output; and some 2 billion cubic metres of gas per year, equaling about 30 per
cent of the gas volume channeled ashore in the country, Hung said.
"This is a crucial
project that will contribute to ensure energy and food security, as well as
speed up the development of the industrial sector," he said.
Pham Van Dinh, deputy
general director of PetroVietnam, the project’s investor, said the power
plants, gas pipeline, and Gas-Electricity-Fertiliser complex were not only
important to Ca Mau Province, but also to the entire southwestern region in
terms of accelerating socio-economic development.
The Ca Mau 1 and 2 power
plants, built at a cost of more than $860 million, were constructed by the Viet
Nam Machinery Installation Corp (Lilama) as the
Engineering-Procurement-Construction general contractor. Equipment was provided
by the German-based Siemens group.
The plants, operated by
new-generation gas turbines, are designed to supply over 9 billion kWh of power
per year by utilising natural gas exploited offshore and channeled on shore by
the PM3-Ca Mau gas pipeline, said Dinh, who is also head of the Ca Mau
Gas-Electricity-Fertiliser Complex management board.
He said the 325km long
PM3-Ca Mau gas pipeline, capitalised at $300 million, was the first to be built
by a Vietnamese contractor, the Viet Nam-Russia Oil and Gas Joint Venture
It could carry about 2
billion cubic metres of gas a year, he added.
The pipeline, with 298km
located undersea and 27km installed on land, will transport gas from the PM3 gas
field to fuel the Ca Mau power plants and the Ca Mau fertiliser plant.
According to Dinh, the two
projects will effectively ease the country’s severe shortage of electricity.
The Ca Mau
Gas-Electricity-Fertiliser Complex covers 200ha in U Minh District’s Khanh An
Commune and includes the PM3-Ca Mau gas pipeline, the Ca Mau Power Plant 1 and
2, the Ca Mau Fertiliser Plant (which is still under construction), other
infrastructure facilities for resettlement and new urban areas. — VNS