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Gas flows through Ca Mau pipeline

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Gas flows through Ca Mau pipeline

(29-12-2008)

Ca Mau Electricity Plant No 2. — VNA/VNS Photo Ha Thai

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 Gas-Electricity-Fertiliser Complex.

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 Company.

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

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