On March 21st, 2017 Trung Son Hydropower project successfully put into operation its 2nd turbine and connected it to the national grid. The 1st turbine was put into operation on Feb. 15, 2017.
The initiation of the two turbines was on schedule and marked a significant milestone in the project’s implementation. Installation of the two remaining turbines is also expected to meet their deadline and both units will start operating before the dry season in 2017. Once all 4 turbines are operational Trung Son Hydropower Plant will provide an annual output of more than 1 billion kWh to the national grid.
Trung Son Hydropower Plant is located on the Ma river in the northwest of Vietnam. It consists of four generating units with a total installed capacity of 260 MW. As well as generating electricity the power plant will also help to control floods in its downstream area and provide water for agricultural production.
Total investment of the project is US$ 410.68 million, of which US$ 330 million is a credit from the World Bank. This is the first hydropower project supported by the World Bank in Vietnam.
The Trung Son Hydropower project has followed strict international standards on dam safety, and good environmental, social, livelihoods and public health management international practices.