Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has ordered that Turbine No. 1 of Lai Chau hydropower plant must generate power by late 2015, one year earlier than originally planned.

To do this, he asked the northwestern provinces of Son La, Dien Bien and Lai Chau to focus on site clearance, making way for the 500kV power line running from Lai Chau to Son La.

At a working session with the State Steering Board for the Son La – Lai Chau hydropower plant project in Son La on March 23, he also called for the faster resettlement of local residents, and the provision of farmland to help them stabilise their lives.

A detailed master plan on five resettlement areas in Lai Chau’s communes of Nam Khao, Muong Te, Can Ho and Muong Mo has been ratified, accommodating over 1,900 displaced households. In the first two months of this year, 343 of them were relocated.

General Director of Electricity of Vietnam Pham Le Thanh suggested the Government directs the Bank for Investment and Development to provide a loan worth over 3.9 trillion VND (183 million USD) for resettlement work in the Son La hydropower project.

He also proposed the Finance Ministry acts as a guarantee for a foreign credit contract worth 108 million USD, which will be used to purchase equipment for the plant.-VNA