The Vietnam Machine Installation Corporation (Lilama) on June 22 successfully installed steam drum 1A of the Mong Duong 1 coal-fired power plant in the northern province of Quang Ninh.

The boiler drum weighing 164 tonnes is the most important part, or the heart of the thermo-power plant.

Under a contract signed by Lilama and the main contractor, Huyndai Engineering & Construction Co Ltd, Lilama will install all the plant’s electro-mechanical equipment from December 2012 to October 2015.

The 33.6 trillion VND (1.7 billion USD) power plant is funded by Vietnam Electricity Corporation (EVN). It is one of the two facilities in the Mong Duong Electricity Centre - part of the National Electricity Development Plan for 2006-2015.

Mong Duong 1 with two turbines will have a combined capacity of 1,080 MW, generating 6.5 billion kWh of electricity per year. The first and second turbines are expected to become operational in the first and third quarter of 2015, respectively.-VNA