HCM CITY (VNS)— Construction begins tomorrow on a thermal power plant in the central province of Binh Thuan that is expected to alleviate power shortages in the area.
The US$1.36 billion Vinh Tan 4 thermal power plant, with a capacity of 1,200 MW, was invested in by Electricity of Viet Nam (EVN) and its foreign partners.
The first turbine is expected to operate in 2017 and the second in 2018.
The plant is expected to add 7.2 billion kWh to the national grid every year, according to EVN.
The project is part of the Vinh Tan Power Centre, which includes four thermal power plants with a combined capacity of more than 5,600 MW.
The plant will use a thermal technology that is environmentally friendly, meeting Vietnamese and international standards on emissions.
EVN said it was now speeding up the construction of Vinh Tan Port by the end of this month to facilitate coal transport from the northern province of Quang Ninh to meet coal demand for the operation of the Vinh Tan 4 plant.
This year, EVN has begun operating several power plants, including the first turbine of the Vinh Tan 2 thermal power plant and the second turbine of the Hai Phong 2 power plant.
Last month, it also began construction on the Thai Binh thermal power plant in the northern province of Thai Binh. It has a capacity of 600MW and annual electricity production of 3.6 billion kWh.
Covering an area of 115ha, the $1.27-billion project consists of two turbines. The first turbine is scheduled to begin generating power in 2017, and the second in 2018, according to EVN.
EVN also plans to build Da Nhim this year. The Duyen Hai and Thac Mo hydropower plants will also be expanded.
In the first two months of the year, the country consumed 18.3 billion kWh, a rise of 8.6 per cent compared to the same period last year, according to EVN.
Power consumption is expected to continue to rise this month and in the upcoming dry season. — VNS