10:12 | 18/12/2015 Industry
The first 400MW turbine of the Lai Chau Hydropower Plant in the northern mountainous province of Lai Chau has been connected to the national grid, said the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN).
Lai Chau Hydropower Plant before the operation of the first turbine (Source: Minh Ngoc/EVN)
The group said this marks an important step toward the goal of completing the whole plant in 2016, one year ahead of schedule.
Located in the upper reach of the Da River, the three-turbine plant is designed to have a combined capacity of 1,200 MW. It will supply over 4,670 million KWh of electricity to the national grid per year when all of its three turbines become operational.
The plant will not only provide power and water for the Red River Delta in the dry season, but also contribute to promoting socio-economic development in Lai Chau and neighbouring provinces .
Construction on the project began in Nam Nhun district, Lai Chau province in January 2011./.