Phu My thermoelectric plant adds oomph to nation’s power supply

A worker runs a gas pipeline for the Nam Con Son oil field, the main energy supplier for the Phu My thermoelectric plant. • VNA/VNS Photo Ha Thai

Despite undergoing three maintenance periods this year, operations began two days ahead of schedule, and the energy supply should resume in full on September 18, the Centre said.

Thanks to the early completion, the plant will help solve electricity shortages during peak hours by offering supplemental power, according to the Centre.

However, some turbines of Phu My 3 and Pha Lai thermo-electricity are still receiving maintenance for unstable operation.

Even with supplemental power, the Centre said that the national electricity network must still cut about 500 MW between 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for smooth operation of the network.

In other news involving hydro-electricity, Hoa Binh hydroelectric plant had to open two of its spillway gates to release floods on Monday. This occurred after the water level in Hoa Binh lake reached its peak of 5,200 cubic m per second late that day, according to the National Centre for Hydrometeorological Forecasting. By 7 a.m. yesterday, the level had decreased to 4,700 cubic m per second.

Due to Hoa Binh Lake’s flood release and the upper floods from the Thao and Lo rivers, the water level at the Red River is rapidly increasing. By 9a.m. yesterday, in Ha Noi, it had reached 7.04m.

Due to heavy rains over the previous days, water levels of the northern central region’s rivers, including the Ma and Ca rivers, are also rising rapidly.

New plant in progress

Plei Krong hydroelectric plant, which began construction in November 2003, will put its first turbine into operation by February 2008 and its second one by May. Over US$210 million has been invested in the project.

The management board of the Plei Krong hydroelectricity plant has put forward detailed deadlines for specific construction and installation to guarantee the timely connection of its national electricity network. Employees at Plei Krong plant even worked through the National Independence holiday in order to keep pace with completion targets.

Generating 100mW, Plei Krong hydroelectricity lake also has the responsibility of reserving water for the four downstream hydroelectricity plants. In July 2006, the lake began its water saving, two years earlier than planned. This has helped increase the amount of electricity generated by three downstream hydroelectricity plants including Ia Ly, Se San 3 and Se San 3A.

Eighteen kilometres from Kon Tum town, Plei Krong hydroelectricity lake is in width and holds nearly 1,050 million cubic m of water. •VNS

(Sources: Vietnam News)

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