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Hanoi (VNA) – The 622.5 MW capacity turbine No.1 of Duyen Hai 3 thermal power plant, based in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh, has joined the national grid.

Operating on a trial basis initially, the turbine is powered by heavy fuel oil and will generate a maximum of 150 MW. It will be fully operational by December, said Power Generation Corporation 1 of the Electricity of Vietnam Group.

Turbine No. 2 will be put into operation in early 2017.

Duyen Hai 3 thermal power plant, part of Duyen Hai Power Complex, comprises two turbines with a combined capacity of 1,245 MW. It is expected to provide some 7.8 billion kWh of electricity every year, equivalent to about 9 percent of total electricity output in the south of Vietnam in 2016.

The factory is equipped with modern technology that ensures environmental protection. It will help increase power supply to the Mekong Delta and reduce power transmission from north to south.

Duyen Hai Power Complex consists of three coal-fired plants with a total capacity of 4,308 MW. It is based in Duyen Hai town of Tra Vinh province.

Duyen Hai 1 is operating while Duyen Hai 2 and the extension of Duyen Hai 3 are under construction.-VNA