Lai Chau Hydropower Plant in the northern mountainous province of Lai Chau (Source: vov.vn)
Hanoi (VNA) – The second 400 MW turbine of the Lai Chau Hydropower Plant in the northern mountainous province of Lai Chau began generating power for the national grid on the morning of June 20.

The Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) said the project’s contractor is continuing with test runs in order to put the turbine into official operation, scheduled for the beginning of the third quarter of this year.

The plant’s first turbine with the same capacity was operational in December last year.

The third is expected to be put into place next November, gearing towards the completion of the entire project in 2016, one year ahead of schedule.

Located in the upper reach of the Da River, the three-turbine plant is designed to have a combined capacity of 1,200 MW. It will supply over 4,670 million KWh of electricity to the national grid per year when all of its three turbines become operational.

The plant will not only provide power and water for the Red River Delta in the dry season, but also contribute to promoting socio-economic development in Lai Chau and neighbouring provinces.

Construction on the project began in Nam Nhun district, Lai Chau province in January 2011.-VNA