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$14mn solar power project in north-central Vietnam under scrutiny

$14mn solar power project in north-central Vietnam under scrutiny

Thursday, July 20, 2023, 11:42 GMT+7
$14mn solar power project in north-central Vietnam under scrutiny
A US$14-million solar power project in Quang Binh Province, north-central Vietnam, is under scrutiny. Photo: Quoc Nam / Tuoi Tre

Inspectors in Quang Binh Province, located in north-central Vietnam, are scrutinizing a US$14-million solar power project due to its inadequacies.

The provincial inspection agency on Wednesday said that the Quang Binh People’s Committee will decide on the project’s final settlement on the basis of the agency’s probe.

Currently, the project provides electricity for some mountainous areas in the province.

Work on the project started in 2012 and its total investment was sourced from official development assistance loans from the South Korean government.

The project was set to generate electricity for 1,300 households and 78 state agencies and public service suppliers in eight communes of four districts, namely Le Thuy, Quang Ninh, Bo Trach, and Minh Hoa.

The project, whose contractor was South Korea’s KT Corporation, was put into use in 2019. 

Not long after, when its solar power generation system was put into operation, the plant’s equipment began to fail and several areas that were set to benefit from it were never able to access electricity.

Besides, the project faced a failure in final settlement which disallowed any repair to the machines.

“Inspectors have completed onsite inspections, and are in the process of looking over the paperwork related to the project,” said Le Cong Huu, head of the Quang Binh inspection agency.

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Tieu Bac – Quoc Nam / Tuoi Tre News

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