The construction of a river port for transporting materials and equipment to the Long Phu 1 Power Plant project commenced following a groundbreaking ceremony held on May 4.

Located in Long Phu district in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang, the 80-billion-VND (3.7 million USD) facility is expected to be completed in March 2016 and will be capable of accommodating ships of up to 1,000 gross tonnages.

Construction of the Long Phu 1 Power Plant began in 2011; the first turbine is scheduled to go into operation in 2018 and the second one year later.

Long Phu 1 is the first plant at the Long Phu Power Centre, which was approved in 2007, including three plants with a combined capacity of 4,400 megawatts.-VNA