Construction of 1,240MW Vinh Tan 2 thermo-electric power plant commences in Vietnam

By Dorothy Davis

Construction of the 1,240 MW Vinh Tan 2 thermoelectric plant in the Binh Thuan province in Vietnam commenced with an inauguration ceremony attended by Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai August 8th. 

The Vinh Tan 2 plant is being constructed as part of the Vihn Tan Power Centre which upon completion will be comprised of three thermo-electric plants and an expansive seaport under the national electric development plan. With a capital investment of nearly US $6.1 billion the Power Center will boast an estimated combined capacity of 4,400 MW producing an output of nearly 28.6 billion kWh per year; making it the first coal-powered project of its scale in Vietnam’s south-central region.

State run Vietnam Electricity Group (EVN) will manage the installation of transmission lines connecting Vinh Tan 2 to the national grid and has awarded China’s Shanghai Electric Group the engineering, procurement and construction services contract. This phase of the Vihn Tan Power Center will require a capital investment of US $1.2 billion and is outlined to begin commercial operations in 2013.

At a conference hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade earlier this year participants expressed concerns and criticisms surrounding a lack of systematic standards and cumbersome procedures that have led to long delays in implementing the projects associated with Vietnam’s five year national electric development plan. During the Ceremony Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai strongly urged the Binh Thuan province, supporting governmental resource Ministries, and EVN to make every effort to complete the financial and organizational processes associated with the Vihn Tan Power Center to ensure all phases of the development are operational by the projected 2015 deadline if not earlier.

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