560MW added to national power generation capacity hinh anh 1The EVN operates five more power turbines with designed capacity of 560 MW in the first half of the year (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)Five power turbines designed to generate 560 MW were put into operation to increase the national electricity generation capacity in the first six months of the year, according to the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN).

The turbines include four at Trung Son hydro power plant and one in Thai Binh thermo power plant.

Currently, the EVN is speeding up construction of power generation facilities to ensure sufficient electricity for the southern region by 2020, especially the expansion of Duyen Hai 3 and Vinh Tan 4 thermo power plants, the expanded Thac Mo and Da Nhim hydro power plants, and new projects at Quang Trach and Tan Phuoc power centres.

During the six-month period, the state-owned group completed and put into use 56 100-500 kV transmission projects, adding 360 kilometres of transmission lines and 3,990 MVA in capacity of transformation stations.

The group is focusing on building the 500kV Vung Ang-Doc Soi-Pleiku 2 transmission line and other works to assure adequate power for southern localities, the capital city of Hanoi and other areas with high electricity demand.

The group’s total investment in construction in the first six months of the year reached 55 trillion VND (2.4 billion USD), accounting for 40.13 percent of yearly plan. Total disbursement was estimated at 49 trillion VND (2.15 billion USD) or 35.75 percent of the set plan.

By the end of this year, the EVN will add 1,075 MW to the national power capacity by operating five more turbines. The expanded Thac Mo hydropower plant will be put into operation in July, Song Bung hydropower plant in August, the second turbine of Thai Binh thermo power plant in November and the second turbine of Vinh Tan 4 thermo power plant in December.

The company is striving to complete 238 transmission projects, prioritising comprehensive construction for key projects to provide stable power for APEC 2017 in Da Nang city.-VNA