Nation to have 1,850MW from Coal-fired Power Plant

By Van Nam

The Saigon Times Daily

HCMC – The Prime Minister has approved the development plan of the coal industry in the 2011-2015 period, with many coal-fired thermal power projects to be built with a total capacity of 1,850MW.

According to the plan, the coal industry will provide the national power gird with around 10.5 billion kWh from thermal power projects, helping ensure the energy security.

Specifically, big thermal power projects like Cam Pha 2 with a capacity of 330MW, Cam Pha 3 with 270MW, Mao Khe 440MW, Dong Nai 5 some 150MW, Ly Son 6 and Phu Quoc 200MW each.

Besides, Vietnam Coal and Mineral Industry Group (TKV) will invest in two more thermal power projects, Quynh Lap in Nghe An Province and Haiphong 3 in Haiphong City.

To meet the coal supply for thermal power plants in the future, the industry will continue to explore the coal volume at six mines, including Na Duong, Nui Hong, Khanh Hoa, Lang Cam, Khe Bo and Nong Son.

In addition to 61 existing coal mines, TKV will develop 28 new mines with a total annual capacity of two million tons and buy mines in foreign countries to ensure the stable coal supply for power plants.

The total investment needed for the coal industry’s development plan amounts to VND182.750 trillion or nearly US$9 billion.

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