Vietnam brings first unit of 342-MW Tuyen Quang on line

The first unit of the 342-MW Tuyen Quang hydroelectric project has gone on line, with a second to follow in March on the Gam River in Vietnam’s Tuyen Quang Province.

The first unit went on line January 31 in Na Hang District of northern Tuyen Quang. Song Da Corp. is expected to complete installation and start operation of all three turbine-generators by the end of the year, Vietnam News Agency reported.

The 7 trillion dong (US$348 million) project is to have a flood control reservoir of more than 81 square kilometers. It is to be the third largest hydroelectric project in Vietnam.

Vietnamese hydro plant and infrastructure builder Cavico Corp. received a contract to build Tuyen Quang’s dam. (HNN 5/3/06)

Electricity of Vietnam signed a loan agreement for the project in 2003. Citicorp, BNP Paribas, and ABN Amro agreed to provide US$120 million in credit for equipment and materials.

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