Plant expected to contribute to development of economy and infrastructure in Lam Dong and Dak Nong provinces.
The Vietnam National Coal-Mineral Industries Holding Corporation Limited (Vinacomin) held a ceremony on December 20 to open the Dong Nai 5 Hydropower Plant.
The plant’s location spans Dak Sin commune, Dak R’Lap district, Dak Nong province and Loc Bac commune, Bao Lam district, Lam Dong province in the central highlands and had total investment of VND6.1 trillion ($271 million). The project has a designed capacity of 150 MW and construction began in late 2012. It is also the first hydroelectric plant invested by Vinacomin, which normally focuses on coal mining, coal production, and thermal power plants.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Chairman of Lam Dong Provincial People’s Committee, Mr. Doan Van Viet, said the plant will produce more than 600 million kWh per year and contribute significantly to socio-economic development in Lam Dong and Dak Nong provinces in particular and the central highlands in general, while ensuring national energy security.
With the effort of the investors, consulting contractors, supervisors and construction units, the first production line (H1) went into operation on September 30, two months ahead of schedule, and the second line on November 13, three and a half months ahead of schedule.
The plant also regulates water levels, lowering the annual flood level, and improves the natural and ecological environment for the Dong Nai River. It creates jobs, facilitates the development of rural infrastructure, and contributes to the development of agricultural production in the region.