PM to dedicate massive Ca Mau power plant



The Ca Mau Power Plant will produce 1,500MW of electricity, fully 18 per cent of national capacity. — VNS Photo Ha Thai

CA MAU — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung is scheduled to dedicate the gas-fueled power plant of the Ca Mau Gas Power-Fertiliser-Complex on the lunar New Year’s Eve tonight.

The US$1.9billion industrial complex is one of the three key national projects under construction including the Son La hydro power plant in the north, and Dung Quat oil refinery in central Viet Nam.

The power plant have a combined capacity of 1,500MW and will produce 10 billion kWh annually, according to Viet Nam Oil and Gas Corporation (PetroVietnam), the sole investor in the project.

The complex, located in Khanh An Commune, Ca Mau’s U Minh District, will supply 18 per cent of the nation’s total power output when its power plant becomes operational in 2008.

Gas for the complex is sourced from the Bunga Kekwa (Bloc PM3) offshore gas field, about 600km south of HCM City, via a 325km heavy duty pipeline, according to PetroVietnam.

The project will help Viet Nam reach its power generating target in 2010, when the total power output is scheduled to double from the current total output of 55 billion kWh.

According to PetroVietnam, the 200ha complex, about 300km south of HCM City, include three main projects: a gas pipeline, a power plant and a nitrogen fertiliser factory with investments of $299 million, $864 million and $492 million, respectively.

The gas pipeline project, which have the transportation capacity of 2 billion cu.m of gas per year, is being built by Viet Nam-Russian Oil and Gas Joint Venture (Vietsovpetro). The gas pipe project is scheduled to complete in 2009.

Meanwhile, the power plant, with two gas turbines, was built by the country’s largest machinery installer, the Viet Nam Machinery Installation Corporation (Lilama).

The fertiliser plant will produce 800,000 tonnes per year when construction is completed in 2009.

According to the Ministry of Trade and Industry, electricity demand in Viet Nam has been forecast to grow 15-16 per cent per year until 2010.

The country currently buys power from China to prevent shortages in the north, and plans to begin purchasing electricity from Laos in 2008.

Viet Nam has an installed power plant capacity of 11 GW, which is mostly generated by coal-fired and hydro-power plants.

The Government has a master plan that anticipates a total power generating capacity of 41 GW by 2020.

The country has abundant natural gas resources on the southern continental shelf, which can serve as the raw material for power generation and use in other industries. — VNS


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