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A look at Vietnam’s new $1.6bn hydropower plant (photos)

Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 12:10 GMT+7

A gigantic, multibillion-dollar hydropower plant is scheduled for inauguration today, December 20, six years after beginning construction in the northern mountainous province of Lai Chau.

Vietnam Electricity, the country's power giant, has invested VND35.7 trillion (US$1.59 billion) on the Lai Chau Hydropower Plant.

The construction included more than 20 million cubic meters of earthworks, 3.4 million cubic meters of concrete, 37,000 metric tons of equipment, and the relocation of 2,100 households.

Lai Chau is the third hydropower facility, after Son La and Hoa Binh, to be built on the 527km Da River, which runs through five northwestern provinces.

Just like those existing plants, Lai Chau will also have three turbines, each with a capacity to produce 1,200MW.

The new facility has been commissioned one year earlier than scheduled, with the three turbines also starting to generate electricity three months ahead of plan, contributing 4.7 billion kWh to the national grid.

The Lai Chau hydropower plant will contribute to the eco-social development of the northwest region.

Some photos of the plant:

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