Vietnam’s Son La hydropower plant, southeast Asia’s largest, officially began commercial operations on 7 January when its first turbine synchronized with the national grid.
 
Electricity of Vietnam’s plant is located in Muong La District in the northern province of Son La. With a total investment capital of VND42.5trn ($2bn), the plant’s six Francis turbines have a whole design capacity of 2400 MW.
 
They are expected to generate up to 10bn KWh when construction is completed in 2012.
Song Da Group is the plant’s major contractor and sub-contractors include Song Da 5, Song Da 7, Song Da 9 and Lilama Corporation. The major equipment supplier is Alstom.
 
Nguyen The Trinh, director of Lilama Co 10, said that they expected the second turbine to start generating power in May, with the third to follow in October.
 
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