Vietnam utility names implementation supervisor of 156-MW Song Bung 4

The project manager for Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) has named Mott MacDonald of the United Kingdom to serve as implementation supervisor for construction of the 156-MW Song Bung 4 hydroelectric project.

The firm is to administer and supervise procurement and implementation of construction and equipment supply contracts, and to ensure completion of the project in accordance with contracts and approved design. (HydroWorld 12/6/07) Mott MacDonald said July 14, 2009, that it also is to review designs, provide resettlement advice and monitoring, and perform construction supervision and knowledge transfer.

The Asian Development Bank signed a US$196.5 million loan agreement with the Vietnam government in 2008 for construction of the US$267.3 million project on the Song Bung River in Vietnam’s Quang Nam Province. (HydroWorld 10/9/08) The balance of funding is being provided by owner EVN, US$49 million, and Vietnam Development Bank, US$22.3 million.

The first Vietnam hydro project to receive funding from a multi-lateral lender, Song Bung 4 is expected to be completed in 2014.

Song Bung 4 is to include a 114-meter-tall roller-compacted-concrete dam on the Song Bung, a tributary of the Vu Gia River; a reservoir of 15.8 square kilometers; a 3.2-kilometer headrace tunnel; a 16-meter-diameter surge shaft; underground penstock; a power station about five kilometers downstream from the dam; and a 35-kilometer transmission line.

Song Bung 4 Hydropower Project Management Board recruited consultants in May to serve as environmental and social safeguards specialists. (HydroWorld 5/26/09)

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