A ceremony was held on December 24 to kick off construction of a 70MW hydropower plant in Quy Quan commune, Yen Son district, the northern mountainous province of Tuyen Quang .

The Yen Son Hydropower Plant has a total investment of 2.6 trillion VND (123.8 million USD) and once it becomes operational, the plant will provide 296 million kWh to the national grid per year.

Its first turbine is expected to start generation in the first quarter of 2016 and the second one, the fourth quarter of that year.

As the last of its kind on the Gam river system, the plant will help ensure water for agricultural production and create landscapes serving tourism, thus boosting the local socio-economic development.

Speaking at the ceremony, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Tran Ngoc Thuc urged investors and constructors to focus all resources to complete the work on schedule.

He pledged that the province will create the best conditions for them to implement the project, especially in site clearance.-VNA