Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung (second, left) at the construction site of the Long Phu 1 Thermal Power Plant (Photo: thst.vn)

Soc Trang (VNA) - Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has urged the management board and contractors to accelerate the construction progress and ensure quality of the Long Phu 1 Thermal Power Plant.

During his field-trip to the project site in the Mekong delta province of Soc Trang on March 24, Dung also requested the relevant parties to ensure safety and security while executing the work and strictly implement the design and techniques.

Head of the management board Nguyen Doan Toan said the project is part of a cooperation programme signed between the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) and a joint venture between the Power Machines and the Petroleum Technical Services Corporation (PTSC).

The management board is striving to put the first turbine of the plant into operation in late 2018 and the second turbine one year later, Toan said.

The Long Phu 1 Thermal Power Plant has a designed capacity of 1,200 MW. It is part of the Long Phu Power Centre, which comprises three thermal power plants with a combined capacity of 4,400 MW.

Once operational, the plant will contribute to ensuring national energy security and economic restructuring in Soc Trang province and the southwest region.-VNA