Hydroelectric Power Plants in Vietnam

Binh Dien
Location: Thua Thien-Hue
Operator: Song Da Construction Corp
Configuration: 2 X 24 MW
Operation: 2008
T/G supplier: ICT Corp
EPC: Song Da Const
Quick facts: This plant has a 75m RCC dam and cost VND 1.1tn.

Photograph courtesy of ICT Corp
Posted 30 Aug 2008

 

Can Don
Location: Binh Phuoc
Operator: Can Don Hydro Power JSC
Configuration: 2 X 36 MW
Operation: 2007
T/G supplier: Power Machines, UETM
EPC: Ukrhydroproject
Quick facts: In May 2000, Song Da started work on the $86mn Can Don hydro plant, the first Vietnamese hydroelectric IPP to be financed domestically. The three participating banks are Industrial and Commercial Bank of Vietnam (Incombank), BIDV, and the International Joint Stock Commercial Bank. Song Da has a 25yr BOT contract with EVN to sell electricity for 4.5 cents/kWh. The dam will also irrigate 4,800ha of farmland in Binh Phuoc’s Loc Ninh district and is expected online in 2007. Can Don Hydro is a Song Da subsidiary.

Photograph courtesy of Ukrhydroproject
Posted 8 Mar 2007

Da Nhim-1
Location: Ninh Thuan
Operator: Power Company No 2
Configuration: 4 X 40 MW Pelton
Operation: 1963-1964
T/G supplier: Toshiba
EPC: Hazama
Quick facts: Da Nhim-1 was constructed using Japanese war reparation funds. In June 2003, Toshiba and Nissho Iwai won a ¥5bn contract to rehabilitate the the power plant, the 230kV transmission lines to Ho Chi Minh City, and the substation in HCMC. Funding is from the Japan Bank for Intl Cooperation.

Photograph courtesy of www.ne.jp/asahi/taka-chan/ichigo-ichie
Posted 27 Jan 2007

 

Hoa Binh
Location: Hoa Binh
Operator: Electricity of Vietnam
Configuration: 8 X 240 MW Francis
Operation: 1988-1994
T/G supplier: LMZ, Electrosila
EPC: Hydropower Institute, Song Da Const, Song Da No 9
Quick facts: Hoa Binh is on the Da River 74km southwest of Hanoi and is the largest hydroelectric plant in Southeast Asia. The complex includes a 128m high, 670m long rockfill dam, an underground powerhouse, and an underground transformer hall. Construction began in Nov 1979.

Photograph courtesy of Song Da No 9 JSC
Re-posted 30 Aug 2008

Na Hang (Tuyen Quang)
Location: Tuyen Quang
Operator: Electricity of Vietman
Configuration: 3 X 114 MW
Operation: 2008
T/G supplier: ICT Corp
EPC: Northwest Hydro Consulting Engineers, PECC 1, Song Da No 9
Quick facts: This $490mn project was approved in Oct 2002 for a site on the Gam River near Pac Ta Mountain. Construction started on 22 Dec 2002 and the first unit commissioned in Mar 2008. This is the second largest hydro project in the north with annual production of 1,200 GWh expected. The 92m rockfill dam has a crest length of 718m.  Also known as Dai Thi.

Photograph courtesy of ICT Corp
Posted 30 Aug 2008

Se San 3A
Location: Gia Lai
Operator: Electricity of Vietnam
Configuration: 2 X 54 MW
Operation: 2006-2007
T/G supplier: ??
EPC: Song Da
Quick facts: Construction of this plant in the Central Highlands began in April 2003 and the first set was connected to the grid on 29 Dec 2006. The total plant investment is VND1,864bn and a credit agreement was signed between the developer and Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam, Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam, and Industrial and Commercial Bank of Vietnam.

Photograph courtesy of Song Da Construction Corp
Posted 7 Jan 2007

Se San 4
Location: Gia Lai
Operator: Electricity of Vietnam
Configuration: 330 MW
Operation: 2010
T/G supplier: China
EPC: Song Da
Quick facts: This site is downstream of the Yali Dam. It is one of a series of dams and hydro plants on the Se San River upstream of its eventual confluence with the Mekong River in Cambodia. The plant is expected to cost around $250mn.

Photograph courtesy of Song Da Construction Corp
Posted 7 Jan 2007

Son La
Location: Son La
Operator: Electricity of Vietnam
Configuration: 6 X 400 MW
Operation: 2010-2012
T/G supplier: Alstom
EPC: PECC 1, Song Da
Quick facts: At completion, Son La will have the largest hydraulic turbines in Vietnam. This has been a controversial project. A 177m dam on the Da River is expected to create a 44,043ha reservoir necessitating extensive resettlement. EVN did the feasibility study and Sweco and Harza completed a final appraisal in 1999. The Politburo approved the project, but requested additional studies. The estimated cost is $3.55bn.

Photograph courtesy of Song Da Construction Corp
Posted 7 Jan 2007

Srok Phu Mieng
Location: Binh Phouc
Operator: Industrial Park Development and Investment Co (IDICO)
Configuration: 2 X 25.5 MW
Operation: 2006
T/G supplier: Dongfang
Quick facts: In Nov 2003, construction started on this site on the Be River in Binh Long and Phuoc Long districts in southern Binh Phuoc province. The plant cost $67.5mn and will supply about 228 GWh/yr. The first set went online in Oct 2006. Srok Phu Mieng is the third hydroelectric station on the Be River. The Thac Mo and Can Don plants are already in operation.

Photograph courtesy of Industrial Park Development and Investment
Posted 27 Jan 2007

Thac Ba
Location: Yen Bai
Operator: Thac Ba Hydropower Co
Configuration: 3 X 40 MW Propeller
Operation: 1971-1972
T/G supplier: Kharkov, Electrosila
EPC: Hydropower Institute,
PECC 1, Song Da No 9
Quick facts: Thac Ba is on the Chay River and was the first Vietnamese hydro plant built with Soviet equipment and financial assistance. Construction started on 19 Aug 1964 and Unit-1 commissioned on 5 Oct 1971 after repeated interruptions by US airstrikes. The dam i 48m high and 657m long. The reservoir is 235km².

Photograph courtesy of Thac Ba Hydropower Co
Posted 30 Aug 2008

Thac Mo
Location: Binh Phuoc
Operator: Thac Mo Hydro Power Co
Configuration: 2 X 75 MW Francis
Operation: 1995
T/G supplier: LMZ, UETM
EPC: Koei, Ukrhydroproject, PECC2, Eastern Construction Co
Quick facts: In March 2004, JBIC signed a ¥5,972bn loan agreement with EVN for a 75-MW extension to the Thac Mo power station. This is scheduled for operation by the end of 2008.

Photograph courtesy of Ukrhydroproject
Posted 8 Mar 2007

Yali
Location: Gia Lai
Operator: Electricity of Vietnam
Configuration: 4 X 180 MW Francis
Operation: 2000-2001
T/G supplier: LMZ
EPC: Hydropower Institute, Ukrhydroproject, Electricite de France, PECC1
Quick facts:  This is Vietnam’s second largest hydroelectric plant. In Nov 1993, construction started at the site on the mainstream Se San River, an important tributary of the Mekong. The site is approximately 70km from the Cambodian frontier. The plant has Russian generators supplied by Technopromexport and is expected to produce 3.68 TWh/yr.

Photograph courtesy of Ukrhydroproject
Posted 8 Mar 2007

Abbreviations: EVN = Electricity of Vietnam, JBIC = Japan Bank for International Cooperation, LMZ = Leningradsky Metallichesky Zavod, PECC1 = Power Engineering & Consulting Co 1, PECC2 = Power Engineering & Consulting Co 2, T/G = turbine/generator, UETM = Uralelectrotyazhmash Yekaterinburg

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 08/30/08

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