Highlands to Become Vietnam's Largest Hydropower Centre
Aug 18, 2008 - BBC Monitoring - Asia
The Central Highlands is expected to become the country's
largest hydro-power centre by 2010, as it will have
hydro- power plants of a combined capacity of 5,000
MW, equal to one third of the current capacity of the
national power grid.
According to a report by the Central Highlands ' Steering
Board, Central Highlands provinces are building a series
of hydro-power plants in the region's rivers of Serepok,
Se San and Dong Nai. Many other projects were put into
operation, providing electricity to the national grid,
including Dray H'Linh plant in Dac Lac, Ya Ly and Se
San 3 plants in Gia Lai.
The report said that six projects with a combined
capacity of 750 MW will be built in Serepok river in
Dac Lac province. Of the projects, construction has
started on five.
Central Highlands provinces also encourage businesses
to invest in hundreds of small and medium hydro-power
plants. Dac Lac province alone zoned off 100 sites for
hydro-power plants, 29 of them are being under construction.
The Steering Board said besides contributing electricity
to the national grid, those projects have generated
thousands of jobs for local people, effectively improving
Originally published by VNA news agency website, Hanoi,
in English 17 Aug 08.
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