The first turbine of Vinh Tan 2 thermal power plant in the central province of Binh Thuan will start generating electricity for the national grid on March 15.

According to Do Hoai Nam, an official from the project’s management board, the first turbine is able to generate 600 million kWh in the first six months of 2014, helping significantly reduce power shortages in the southern province during the dry season.

Meanwhile, the second turbine of the plant is expected to join the national grid on July 10, Nam said.

The two-turbine Vinh Tan 2 plant with a combined capacity of 1,244MW shapes part of the Vinh Tan Power Centre, the country’s largest coal-fired power station, comprising of Vinh Tan 1, Vinh Tan 3, and Vinh Tan 4.

Invested by EVN Power Generation Company 3, construction on Vinh Tan 2 started in 2010.-VNA