Construction begins on first private thermal power plant

Thursday, 2014-10-23 21:49:43
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The ground-breaking ceremony of the Thang Long thermal power plant
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NDO/VNA - A ceremony to launch the construction of Thang Long thermal power plant, the first privately-invested plant, was held in Hoanh Bo district in the northern province Quang Ninh on October 23.

Covering more than 124 hectares, the 600 MW plant has a total cost of over VND22 trillion (US$1.05 billion), financed by the Thang Long-Geleximco Thermal Power Co. Ltd.

The company said French technology would be used to minimise greenhouse gas emissions.

Speaking at the event, Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai asked relevant agencies to co-ordinate with provincial authorities and contractors to address any obstacles and accelerate the construction process, ensuring the quality and safety of the plant.

In addition, he advised the province to implement on-site vocational training for local residents to enable them to find employment at the plant when it officially runs, seeing it as part of ongoing efforts to restructure the provincial workforce.

The project, comprising the main plant, a coal storage facility and supporting infrastructure, is scheduled to be completed within 45 months.

Once operational, the plant is expected to contribute around 4,185 GWh to the national grid each year, boosting economic development in the country’s largest thermo-power centre, which also comprises Mao Khe, Cam Pha and Mong Duong power plants.