Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai at the ceremony (Source: VNA)

Quang Ninh (VNA) – A ceremony was held on January 16 in the northern Quang Ninh province to celebrate the commercial operation of the 1,080 MW Mong Duong 1 thermo power plant, in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai.

Addressing the event, Deputy PM Hai said the facility marks the first thermo power plant of the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) group to utilise Circulating Fluidized Bed Boiler (CFP) technology, which reduces greenhouse gas emission.

The operation of the plant’s two turbines is expected to raise backup electricity capacity by 20 percent, thus ensuring the electricity supply at a time when droughts are hindering electricity generation of hydro power plants in the central and Central Highlands regions, he said.

According to Duong Quang Thanh, Chairman of the EVN Council of Members, the plant makes Quang Ninh the nation’s biggest centre of thermal power, with its total capacity accounting for 18 percent of the nation’s.

Located in Mong Duong ward, Cam Pha city, in northern Quang Ninh, the EVN-funded Mong Duong 1 thermo power plant, began construction in October 2011 at a cost of 37.4 trillion VND (1.67 billion USD).

With an annual output of 6.5 billion kWh, it was one of the more urgent projects to be completed in the National Electricity Development Plan for 2011-2020.-VNA