The second turbine of the Son La hydropower plant in the northern mountainous province of Son La started generating power for the national grid on April 20.

The Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) said that the second turbine is expected to ease power shortage during the dry season.

The third turbine of the plant is scheduled to generate electricity by the end of August 2011 and the other remaining turbines, in late 2012.

The first generator has generated 1.1 billion kWh since it was officially commissioned four months ago.
With six turbine groups and a combined capacity of 2,400 MW, Son La is the biggest hydropower project in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. It has a total investment capital of some 42 trillion VND, or more than 2.1 billion USD, and will supply the economy with 10.2 billion kWh of power a year once it swings into full operation in 2012./.