More than 2,160 households with 7,200 people in Binh Dong commune, Binh Son district, the central province of Quang Ngai, will be relocated to provide space for the construction of the Dung Quat thermal power plant.

The information was announced at a briefing held in the commune on November 4.

The displaced people will receive 935.5 billion VND (over 44.5 million USD) as financial support while their resettlement areas will be built at a cost 692 billion VND (over 32.9 million USD).

The Dung Quat thermal power plant in Binh Dong will cover 74ha in the western area of the Dung Quat shipbuilding factory, forming part of the multi-sectoral Dung Quat Economic Zone.

The plant, worth more than 2 billion USD, is invested by Singapore’s Sembcorp Utilities Pte under the BOT (build-operate-transfer) model, said Ha Duc Thang, deputy head of the zone’s management board.

With a design capacity of 1,200MW, it will generate 7 billion kWh of electricity when fully operational from March 2021 onwards. The first turbine will start operating commercially in September 2020, he added.

The plant’s construction is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2016.-VNA