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Gov’t sets deadlines for major projects

Update: September, 16/2019 - 09:17
Second turbines of the Sông Hậu 1 coal-fired power plant in Hậu Giang Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Anh Nguyễn

HÀ NỘI — The Government has ordered ministries and sectors to keep up with the set deadlines of key transport and power projects in its resolution on September 13.

Regarding power projects, the Government asked the Ministry of Industry and Trade to put the first and the second turbines of the Sông Hậu 1 coal-fired power plant into operation in the second and third quarter of 2021, respectively.

Sông Hậu 1 is the first of the three power plants situated at the complex with total installed capacity of 5,200MW.

The Government also requested the ministry to ensure that the first and the second turbines of the Thái Bình 2 coal-fired power plant will come into operation by December 2020 and the first quarter of 2021.

The Thái Bình 2 plant, invested by PetroVietnam, has a capacity of 1,200MW and is expected to supply 7.2 billion kWh to the national grid once it comes into operation, playing an important role in ensuring national energy security.

Việt Nam is forecast to need 131 billion kWh of coal-fired power, or 49.3 per cent of the total power production as of 2020, according to the Revised Power Development Master Plan for 2011-20, with a vision to 2030.

Transport projects

The Government tasked the Minister of Transport with taking responsibility for the progress of highway construction projects along the eastern part of the North-South highway, including the progress of three projects funded by the State budget and the selection of competent contractors. The minister will have to make sure the projects are completed by 2021.

The Minister of Transport and Chairman of Tiền Giang Province's People’s Committee are asked to ensure the full completion and inauguration of the Trung Lương-Mỹ Thuận expressway project by 2021.

For the Cát Linh-Hà Đông metro line in Hà Nội, the Minister of Transport is assigned to report to the Prime Minister about issues related to its pilot operation before September 30, 2019.

Regarding the Long Thành International Airport project, the Ministry of Planning and Investment is responsible for accelerating the verification of the feasibility report so that it could be submitted on time to the 14th National Assembly at its 8th working session scheduled to start in October this year.

In terms of the degraded runways and taxiways of Nội Bài and Tân Sơn Nhất international airports, the Minister of Transport has asked the Aviation Corporation of Việt Nam to complete the repairs by the end of November this year and take responsibility for flight operation safety.

Regarding projects facing slow capital disbursement, the Government asked ministers and heads of ministerial-level agencies, as well as leaders of localities, to accelerate the disbursement of public investment capital in 2019 and take responsibility for any delays.

These individuals and organisations are also asked to stop or withdraw capital from projects with low disbursement capacity. — VNS

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