Hydropower Plant Comes on Line

THUA THIEN-HUE – The first turbine of the A Luoi Hydropower Plant in central Thua Thien-Hue Province began supplying electricity to the national grid yesterday.

The VND3.2 trillion (US$155.5 million) plant, which has been under construction since 2007, has two turbines with a total capacity of 170MW.

The plant, the biggest of its kind in the province, is expected to produce nearly 690 million kWh a year. The Central Hydropower Joint Stock Company is the investor.

The second turbine is also expected to become operational this year.

Plant project manager Power Transmission Company 2 said the company had overcome difficulties, including unfavourable weather and continual floods to finish the project and complete the power lines linking the plant with Hue City.

The 29-km line, with 72 power poles, runs through mountainous areas, which posed difficulties in construction.

More than 100 households were relocated to make room for the plant’s reservoir. It is expected to become a tourist attraction and improve living conditions in the area which was badly damaged during the American War. — VNS


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