Expanded Thac Mo Hydropower Plant connects to national power grid (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The expanded Thac Mo hydropower plant in the southern province of Binh Phuoc connected to the national grid from July 11, according to the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN).

The 75 MW power project cost nearly 1.6 trillion VND (70.4 million USD), 85 percent of which was sponsored by the Japanese Government’s official development assistance and the remaining came from domestic corresponding fund.

The expansion, which began on July 5, 2014, raises the hydropower plant’s capacity from 150 MW to 225 MW. Thus, the plant can contribute 52 million kWh of electricity to the national power grid a year.

The plant will help ensure adequate supply of electricity to fuel economic development in the southern localities and utilize excess water during flood seasons.

The plant will go on a trial basis from July 15 to August 14.-VNA