09:29 | 28/12/2018 Energy
(VEN) - The high and intermediate pressure (HIP) turbines of the first generating unit at the Song Hau 1 coal-fired power project were installed successfully on November 12 in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang, according to the project’s management board.
A hydraulic system provided by Mega Rigs Singapore raised the turbines, with a combined capacity of 630,000 kVA and 230 tonnes in weight, 20 meters and put them in place. The operation took almost 12 hours with support of specialists from the Korean Doosan Group that manufactured the turbines.
Representing the project investor - the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam or PVN), the director of the Song Hau 1 Power Project Management Board, Ho Xuan Hien, praised the efforts and determination of the project management board, LILAMA and the Doosan Group. LILAMA and Doosan also installed the low-pressure turbine and generator of the first generating unit.
The installation of the turbines is an important step in connecting all the main equipment of the generator turbine including generator and low and high-pressure turbines, which is crucial to complete the first generating unit of the Song Hau 1 Thermal Power Plant.
The plant is scheduled for completion by the end of 2020, supplying 7.8 billion kWh to the national grid.
PVN began initial construction on the US$1.5 billion, two-unit power station in 2010. In February 2011, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed an agreement with Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade to extend financing to the project.
In April 2015, after long delays, PVN signed on Vietnam’s LILAMA Corporation as the plant’s engineering, procurement, & construction (EPC) contractor. The project currently employs over 3,000 workers. An additional plant, Song Hau 2, is also planned at the site.
Vietnam needs capital for power projects due to the fast-increasing demand for electricity. According to the master plan on power development, the country should put into operation 5,000MW of new power sources a year between now and 2020, costing some US$5 billion annually. In the following decade, the country needs some US$60 billion for the industry.