Supervisory Team Set Up at Quake-hit Hydropower Plant

Posted on OCTOBER 30, 2012 Written by TUOITRENEWS 

Following a series of earthquakes that have hit the area around the Song Tranh 2 Hydropower Plant in Quang Nam Province, a supervisory team has been established at the plant to observe the situation, a Ministry of Industry and Trade official said.

The Song Tranh 2 Hydropower Plant in Bac Tra My District, Quang Nam Province Photo: Dan Tri

The Song Tranh 2 Hydropower Plant in Bac Tra My District, Quang Nam Province Photo: Dan Tri

Cao Anh Dung, deputy head of the ministry’s Industrial Safety Techniques and Environment Agency, made the statement yesterday while talking with the media about the earthquake situation in Bac Tra My District, where the plant is located.

Set up by the State Appraisal Council, the team includes members from the Construction Ministry, Science and Technology Ministries, the Global Physics Institute, and the Electricity Group of Vietnam (EVN).

The team will monitor water penetration at the plant’s dam, on which leakage repairs were completed in August, observe the earthquake situation, and issue forecasts related to the plant’s safety, Dung said.

The team must regularly report on its performance to the State Appraisal Council and other concerned agencies, which will determine what should be done based on such reports.

Dung also said the first earthquake observation station was put into operation at the office of the EVN’s Hydropower Project Management Board No. 3 in Bac Tra My about ten days ago.

The station records all seismic developments of any reservoir-induced earthquakes, irrespective of how minor they are, in the area.

The four other stations will be set up in Tra Bui Commune in the same district, Tra Mai in Nam Tra My District, and Tien Hiep and Tien Ngoc Communes in Tien Phuoc District.

As previously reported, more than 20 earthquakes have hit the district over the past several months, panicking local resident and causing great damage to property.

Of these earthquakes the strongest, which measured 4.6 on the Richter scale, occurred at 9:42 pm on October 22 and lasted for about three seconds, said Le Van Tuan, chief of the district People’s Committee.


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