This week in Vietnam: 38-MW Thuan Hoa commissioned, last unit on line at 260-MW Trung Son

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Vietnam’s 38-MW Thuan Hoa hydroelectric plant has officially entered into commercial operation following an inauguration ceremony held this week.

Work on the US$61.6 million Thuan Hoa (also spelled “Thun Ha”) began in August 2013 and was undertaken by the Thuan Hoa Hydropower Joint-Stock Company.

The project is located on the Mien River along the Vietnam/China border and created more than 100 jobs during its construction, according to area officials.

HydroWorld.com reported a flood in one of the facility’s tunnels killed three workers in January 2015, pushing its 2016 completion target back slightly.

Meanwhile, the last of four generating units at the 260-MW Trung Son project has been connected to Vietnam’s national grid, according to operator Vietnam Electricity (EVN).

The $412 million project is located on the Ma River and was financed in large part by the World Bank, making it the first hydropower plant in Vietnam to have received financing from the institution.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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