Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong on Sept. 19 issued an order to build the Duyen Hai 1 thermo-electric power plant in the Mekong delta province of Tra Vinh.
At the ground-breaking ceremony, Deputy PM Trong emphasised the significance of the project in socio-economic development.
The plant is part of the power centre which is expected to help boost regional socio-economic development and attract more investors to Tra Vinh province and the Mekong delta region as a whole, he said.
The deputy PM assigned the project’s investor, EVN, to ensure the construction pace and asked local authorities to speed up site clearance and pay attention to the living conditions of local people, especially ethnic Khmer people.
He also said the Government will build the Co Chien bridge in Tra Vinh province at the end of the year and the construction of the bridge is expected to last for three years.
Chairman of the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) Dao Van Hung said that this is one of three plants of the Duyen Hai Power Centre which has a combined capacity of almost 4,500 MW and a combined investment of around 5 billion USD.
The 1,245MW plant has an investment capital of 1.57 billion USD, of which 85 percent is sourced from the Import-Export Bank of China.
The first turbine of the plant is expected to be operational in September 2014 and the second two months later.
The plant will consume around 3.5 million tonnes of anthracite to produce around 7.2 billion kWh per year./.