Scene at the ribbon-cutting ceremony to inaugurate the Ban Chat Hydropower Plant. (Photo: VNA)

Lai Chau (VNA) – The Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) held a ceremony in Muong Kim commune, Than Uyen district, the northern mountainous province of Lai Chau on December 31 to inaugurate the Ban Chat Hydropower Plant and the first turbine of the Huoi Quang Hydropower Plant.

The Ban Chat plant has a capacity of 220 MW while the Huoi Quang plant includes two turbines with a combined capacity of 529 MW.

The two are built on Nam Mu River in Than Uyen district, Lai Chau province and Muong La district, neighbouring Son La province.

The Huoi Quang plant, the third largest underground power plant in Vietnam, is constructed and supervised completely by Vietnamese engineers.

Upon completion, the two plants will supply a total of 3 billion kWh to northwestern and northern provinces.

Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai praised relevant units for their efforts to complete the Ban Chat project on schedule.

He also asked them to ensure the safe operation of the Ban Chat plant and the scheduled completion of the Huoi Quang plant as well as the stable life of displaced locals.-VNA