PANO - The fifth turbine of the Son La Hydro power electricity Plant officially merged electricity into the national grid on April 28th.
By now, the plant has generated and provided about 6.5 billion kWh for the national grid, contributing more energy for national socio-economic development and so easing electricity shortages especially during the dry season.
Previously, on April 25th, the turbine test ran successfully, according to the Vietnam Electricity (EVN).
Mr. Khuong The Anh, the Deputy-Director of the Son La Hydropower Company, said that the sixth, and also the final, turbine of the plant is expected to start generating electricity in August.
The construction of the Son La Plant started in 2005 in It Ong Commune of Muong La District, Son La Province, with a designed capacity of 2,400MW (using all 6 turbines) with a total investment of more than VND42trillion (US$2billion).
Once fully operational, the plant will generate 10.2 billion kWh of electricity for the national grid annually and will be of great help for flood control and irrigation in the Red River delta provinces in general and the north-western regions in particular.
The first turbine of the plant started generating electricity on December 17th, 2010 and the second, third and fourth turbines became operational last year.
Translated by Van Hieu