Vietnam completes 2,400 MW hydropower project

Hanoi, Vietnam, October 15, 2012 — All six turbines at Vietnam’s 2,400 MW Son La hydropower plant are now connected to the national grid, marking the completion of the nation’s largest hydroelectric project.

Work on the $2.5 billion project began in 2005, with the previous five Francis-type turbines being put into service incrementally throughout the construction process.

Electricity of Vietnam says the Son La complex contributed about 11,400 GWh to the grid, adding a reported $55 million back to the Son La Province’s budget.

The Son La project includes a 453 feet by 300 feet concrete dam that impounds the Da River in northern Vietnam.

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