Vietnam’s first 622MW turbine, belonging to Vinh Tan 2 thermal power plant in the central province of Binh Thuan, joined the national grid as scheduled on January 15 after three years of construction.

The 23.5 trillion VND (1.2 billion USD) plant, invested by the Electricity of Vietnam Group (EVN), includes two turbines with a capacity of 622MW each.

Once fully operational, the plant will generate 7.2 billion KWh a year, contributing to ensuring power supply for the whole country as well as boosting the province’s socio-economic development.

According to EVN, the plant’s second turbine is expected to join the national grid by mid 2014.

Meanwhile, Vinh Tan Port is under construction to create a stable coal supply for four thermal power plants in Vinh Tan centre with a combined capacity of 5,600MW.-VNA