HA NOI – Dong Nai 4 hydropower plant yesterday began distributing power to the national electricity grid from its first operational turbine in a bid to ensure power stability and backup in the upcoming dry season in the South.
Plant owner Electricity of Viet Nam (EVN) said the first turbine, which has the capacity to produce 170MW of electricity, successfully ran a trial of the turbine at idle speed earlier this month.
The State owned group said Dong Nai 4 hydropower plant would have two turbines for total output of 340 MW (2x170 MW) when fully operational, allowing it to supply an average 1.109 billion KWh per year to the national grid.
EVN said it was about to finish installing the rotor on the second turbine which would be put into operation in the near future.
The US$330 million project, based in HCM City's neighbouring province of Lam Dong, has been under construction for nearly eight years.
Located in the downstream of the Dong Nai River, which runs across the province for nearly 300 km, the project is part of the Dong Nai River master plan which has been partially financed by Japan Bank for International Co-operation. – VNS