Work begins on Vietnam's 1,200 MW Lai Chau hydropower project

Hanoi, Vietnam, February 21, 2011 — A ground-breaking ceremony has been completed for Vietnam's $1.8 billion, 1,200-MW Lai Chau hydropower project.

The hydro project, located in Nam Hang Commune in Lai Chau Province and owned by Electricity of Viet Nam (EVN), is expected to start generating in 2017.

This announcement follows recent news from Vietnam that the 2,400-MW Son La hydro project, which is Southeast Asia's largest hydroelectric power station, has begun operation.

The first of six turbines at the Son La hydropower station has been connected to the national power grid, said the director of the plant's management board.

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