Hydroelectric Power Plants in Vietnam - A to M
A Luoi
Location: Thua Thien-Hu
Operator: Central Hydropower JSC
Configuration: 2 X 85 MW Francis
Operation: 2015
T/G supplier: Dongfang Electric, Voith Siemens Hydro
EPC: Hydrochina Chengdu
Quick facts: In Oct 2005, the A Luoi hydroelectric project was approved. The VND 3.2tn project is in A Luoi district, 80km from Hue City and 120km from Da Nang City. Central Hydropower JSC is jointly-owned by EVN, Hanoi Power Co, PC2, and PC3. In Aug 2006, Cavico Corp signed a contract to begin access road construction for A Luoi and full construction began in July 2007. This was about a month after Central Hydropower secured a VND 1.2tn loan from a financing syndicate including Agribank, Vietnam-Thailand Joint Venture Bank, An Binh Commercial Bank, and Rubber Financing Co. In Mar 2009, a JV of Dongfang Electric and Voith Siemens Hydro was awarded a contract for the T/G sets Power Transmission Co No 2 built a 29km tie-line for the grid connection. Units went comercial on 20 May and 11 Jun 2012, respectively, about 2yrs past the initial schedule.

Photograph courtesy of Central Hydropower JSC
Posted 20 Mar 2015

A Vuong
Location: Quang Nam
Operator: Electricity of Vietnam
Configuration: 2 X 105 MW Francis
Operation: 2008
T/G supplier: Power Machines Group, Melco
EPC: SWECO, Power Engineering & Consulting Co 2, Maunsell, Sumitomo, Licogi, Hydraulic Construction Corp No 4 (Hyco4), Lung Lo Construction Co, 45.3 Machinery Installation JSC
Quick facts: In Aug 2003, construction started at the 3.9tn dong A Vuong HPP in Macooih Commune, Dong Giang District. The plant uses water from the A Vuong and Buong rivers. In Nov 2005, PMG received the order for the two 105-MW turbines for the plant. In Jul 2006, construction loans worth VND1.63tn were signed by EVN with four state-owned banks, BIDV, Incombank, the Vietcombank, Agribank, plus PetroVietnam Finance. Units 1&2 commissioned on 11 Oct 2008 and 28 Dec 2008, respectively. Annual output is around 810 GWh.

Photograph by mxhwww (wikimapia)
Posted 27 Oct 2013

An Kroet
Location: Lam Dong
Operator: Electricity of Vietnam
Configuration: 2 X 300 kW (ret), 2 X 1.25 MW (ret), 1 X 1.6 MW, 2 X 1.4 MW
Operation: 1943-2004
T/G supplier: Th Bell, Neyrpic, Alsthom, Harbin
Quick facts:This is considered the oldest operable hydroelectric power station in Vietnam and was originally built by the Indochina Dept of Public Works to supply Da Lat city via a 13km, 6.6kv line. Construction of the first phase started in Oct 1942 and completed in 1945. The site is in Lac Duong district on a tributary of the Dong Nai River. The plant was rebuilt and extended with Japanese funds in 1960 and then with Chinese equipment and local EPC services in 1999 and 2004. All the original turbines and generators have now been replaced. The plant is also a local tourist attraction with a distinctive architecture characteristic of simlar period plants in France.

Photograph courtesy of Guizhou CVC
Posted 18 Dec 2011

Bac Ha
Location: Lao Cai
Operator: Bac Ha Hydropower JSC
Configuration: 2 X 45 MW Francis
Operation: 2012
T/G supplier: Tianfa
EPC: . Norinco International/VEIC - Vietnam Electronics and Informatics Corp, PECC No 1, Licogi
Quick facts: In Feb 2005, Vietnam’s Infrastructure Development and Construction Corp (Licogi) broke ground on the 90-MW Bac Ha dam and hydroelectric project. In Feb 2006, Agribank said it would loan $53mn for the plant. This was the first HPP that Agribank fully financed. The $104mn project is on the Chay River and is expected to have an average output of 370 GWh/yr. The first unit went into operation in Jun 2012, about 3yrs past the original schedule.

Photograph courtesy of Licogi
Posted 25 Nov 2014

Ban Ve
Location: Nghe An
Operator: EVN Genco No 3
Configuration: 2 X 160 MW
Operation: 2010
T/G supplier: Dongfang
EPC: Song Da Const, Hydrochina Zhongnan, Cavico
Quick facts: In Apr 2004, a ceremony was held to mark the beginning of construction on the Ban Ve HPP on the Ca River in Tuong Duong district, central Viet Nam’s then largest hydroelectric power plant. This was said to be the first HPP designed and constructed indigenously by Vietnamese companies and the plant’s 480m long,137m high RCC dam was also Vietnam’s tallest at completion. The project was approved in Jul 2003 and dam construction started in Feb 2007. Production is about 1.76 TWh/yr. The plant is connected by a 200km transmission line to a substation in Vinh City. The multipurpose Ban Ve project (aka Ban La) cost about VND 6tn and can supply water for agriculture and aquaculture in nearby districts. The first unit commissioned in May 2010.

Photograph by Ngocbvc (Panoramio)
Posted 10 Oct 2015

Binh Dien
Location: Thua Thien-Hue
Operator: Song Da Construction Corp
Configuration: 2 X 24 MW
Operation: 2008
T/G supplier: ICT Corp
EPC: Song Da Const
Quick facts: This plant has a 75m RCC dam and cost VND 1.1tn.

Photograph courtesy of ICT Corp
Posted 30 Aug 2008

Buon Kuop
Location: Dac Lac
Operator: EVN HPC Buon Kuop
Configuration: 2 X 140 MW Francis
Operation: 2009
T/G supplier: PMG, Melco
EPC: Sumitomo, East China Investigation and Design Institute,PECC No2, Vinavico, Lilama, Cavico
Quick facts: In Dec 2003, construction started on this multipurpose HPP on the Srepok River, a major Mekong tributary, near Da Lat in Lam Dong province. The VND 5.99tn scheme includes a 34m tall, 1.8km long main dam and spillway, two 4.4km diameter pressure tunnels, powerhouse, and discharge channel. Grid connection is via a 220/110kV substation. In Jul 2005, Sumitomo signed a $49.2mn equipment supply contract for the plant and supplied two T/G sets. Tunnel breakthrough was made in Feb 2007. The first unit came online in March 2009 and Unit-2 followed in September 2010 2009. The plant is designed to produce 1.4 TWh/yr.

Photograph courtesy of Aline Group
Posted 23 Dec 2014

Can Don
Location: Binh Phuoc
Operator: Can Don Hydro Power JSC
Configuration: 2 X 36 MW
Operation: 2003-2004
T/G supplier: Power Machines, UETM
EPC: Ukrhydroproject
Quick facts: In May 2000, Song Da started work on the $86mn Can Don hydro plant, the first Vietnamese hydroelectric IPP to be financed domestically. The three participating banks were Industrial and Commercial Bank of Vietnam (Incombank), BIDV, and the International Joint Stock Commercial Bank. Song Da has a 25yr BOT contract with EVN to sell electricity for 4.5 cents/kWh. The dam also irrigates 4,800ha of farmland in Binh Phuoc’s Loc Ninh district. Can Don Hydro was developed as a full Song Da subsidiary, but is now a 49%-listed company.

Photograph courtesy of Can Don Hydro Power JSC
Re-posted 30 Mar 2013

Chiem Hoa
Location: Tuyen Quang
Operator: ICT Power
Configuration: 3 X 16 MW bulb
Operation: 2012-2013
T/G supplier: ??
EPC: Guangxi Electric Power Industry Investigation Design and Research Institute, Guangdong Power Holding Co
Quick facts: In Oct 2009, ICCI broke ground on this HPP in Chiem Hoa district, Tuyen Quang provinced. This is the fourth power station planned for the main stream of Gam River. The developer is a JV of Guangdong Power Holding Co and Guangxi Electrical Industry Investigation and Design Institute, and they also served as EPC contractors. The VND 1,828bn project has bulb T/G sets, the second Vietnamese installation of the design, and production is expected to be about 198 GWh/yr. The sets commissioned in Jul and Sep 2012 and Mar 2013, respectively.

Photograph courtesy of International Commerce and Construction Investment JSC
Posted 25 Nov 2014

Da Nhim-1
Location: Ninh Thuan
Operator: Power Company No 2
Configuration: 4 X 40 MW Pelton
Operation: 1963-1964
T/G supplier: Toshiba
EPC: Hazama
Quick facts: Da Nhim-1 was constructed using Japanese war reparation funds. In June 2003, Toshiba and Nissho Iwai won a ¥5bn contract to rehabilitate the the power plant, the 230kV transmission lines to Ho Chi Minh City, and the substation in HCMC. Funding was from the Japan Bank for Intl Cooperation.

Photograph courtesy of www.ne.jp/asahi/taka-chan/ichigo-ichie
Posted 27 Jan 2007

Da Nhim Thuong-2
Location: Lam Dong
Operator: Thai Bao Services Trading & Construction Investment Holding
Configuration: 3 X 1.5 MW
Operation: 2011
T/G supplier: Guizhou CVC
EPC: PQH Hycropower Consulting Co
Quick facts: This project in Da Chay Commune, Lac Duong Dist, cost about 86.3bn dong.

Photograph by Ngọc Viên (Panoramio)
Posted 18 Aug 2012

Dai Ninh
Location: Binh Thuan
Operator: EVN GENCO No 1
Configuration: 2 X 153 MW Pelton
Operation: 2008
T/G supplier: Alstom, Toshiba
EPC: J-Power, Kajima, Kumagi, Hazama, Lilama No 18
Quick facts: In Dec 2003, Toshiba, Nissho Iwai, and Sojitz Corp won a $440mn contract for the main electromechanical equipment for this multipurpose project. The first unit was connected in Feb 2008 and the second the following month. Dai Ninh is on the Dong Nai River, the main tributary to the Saigon River. The civil works included two main dams, four saddle dams, inlet canal and intake, 11km connection canal between two reservoirs, plus a 2.2km penstock to the powerhouse. A separate $34m contract covered the building of a 500kV/200kV substation and expansion of an existing 110kV/220 kV substation to connect the HPP to the national grid. Dai Ninh funding was from an ODA loan by JBIC. The project was controversial, in part due to the relatively large scope of resettlement requirements

Photograph courtesy of Electricity of Vietnam
Posted 21 Jul 2013

Dak Mi-4
Location: Quang Nam
Operator: Dak Mi 4 Hydropower JSC
Configuration: 2 X 74-MW Francis (4A), 2 X 22-MW Kaplan (4B), 2 X 9-MW Kaplan (4C)
Operation: 2012
T/G supplier: Dongfang
EPC: Hydrochina Chengdu Engineering Corp, Song Da, Licogi
Quick facts: The 190-MW Dak Mi-4 project was authorized on 11 Oct 2005. It is sited on the upstream Vu Gia River in Phuoc Xuan commune, Phuoc Son district. The Dak Mi 4 cascade has three sub-projects: Dak Mi-4A, Dak Mi-4B, and Dak Mi-4C. The project company is a JV of Bitexco Group (66%), IDICO (26%), and minority shareholders (8%). Ground was broken on 21 Apr 2007, Dak Mi-4A went online in January 2012 and the entire project was completed in October 2012. Dak Mi-4A and the lower cascade Dak Mi-4B (42 MW) represented a total capital investment of 4,547bn VND. Annual average power production is estimated at 753 GWh. The upper RCC dam is 90m high and 475m long.

Photograph courtesy of Guizhou CVC
Posted 18 Dec 2011

Dak Ru
Location: Dac Nong
Operator: Hoang Nguyen Ltd Co
Configuration: 3 X 2.5 MW
Operation: 2010
T/G supplier: Guizhou CVC
Quick facts: This is an IPP project on Dak Lap stream. Development approval was received in Mar 2005.

Photograph courtesy of Guizhou CVC
Posted 18 Dec 2011

Dak Srong-2
Location: Gia Lai
Operator: Hoang Anh Gia Lai JSC
Configuration: 3 X 8 MW Francis
Operation: 2010
T/G supplier: Chongqing
EPC: Hydropower Institute, Song Da Const, Song Da No 9
Quick facts: Dak Srong-2 is on the Ba River in Gia Lai southeast of Pleiku city. Annual production is expected to be 91 GWh and the plant connects to the grid via a new single-circuit 110kV line.

Photograph courtesy of Hoang Anh Gia Lai JSC
Posted 17 Sep 2011

Dray Linh-2
Location: Dac Lac
Operator: Hydropower Electricity JSC No 3
Configuration: 2 X 8 MW Kaplan
Operation: 2007
T/G supplier: Dongfang
EPC: Yati Planning & Design Inst, Power Engineering & Consulting Co 1
Quick facts: Preliminary construction on this SHP got underway in Jul 2003 and the main contracts were signed in March 2004. The project completed about 2yrs past the original schedule at a total investment of about VND 243bn.

Photograph courtesy of Electricity of Vietnam
Posted 26 Feb 2013

Hoa Binh
Location: Hoa Binh
Operator: Electricity of Vietnam
Configuration: 8 X 240 MW Francis
Operation: 1988-1994
T/G supplier: LMZ, Electrosila
EPC: Hydropower Institute, Song Da Const, Song Da No 9
Quick facts: Hoa Binh is on the Da River 74km southwest of Hanoi and was the largest hydroelectric plant in Southeast Asia at completion and for about 20yrs thereafter. The complex includes a 128m high, 670m long rockfill dam, an underground powerhouse, and an underground transformer hall. Construction began in Nov 1979.

Photograph courtesy of Song Da No 9 JSC
Re-posted 30 Aug 2008

Hoa Phu
Location: Dak Nong
Operator: Tam Long Power JSC
Configuration: 2 X 14.5 MW bulb
Operation: 2014
T/G supplier: ZHefu
EPC: EVN Hydropower Project Management Board No 1, Song Da 505 JSC, Lilama 45.3 JSC
Quick facts: In Jun 2012. Tam Long Power JSC was invested by Mekong Brahmaputra Clean Development Fund LP, part of HCMC-based Dragon Capital Group. Tam Long Power developed the Hoa Phu HPP on the Srepok River, in Cu Jut district. The plant is 3km downstream of the Dray H’linh HPP. Unit-1 was handed over in April 2014 and annual production from the plant is expected to be 133 GWh supplied to the local 110kV grid. The company secured debt finance from Vietcombank bank with the support of the World Bank Renewable Energy Development Program.

Photograph courtesy of Song Da 505 JSC
Posted 27 Dec 2014

Ho Nui Coc
Location: Thai Nguyen
Operator: Ho Nui Coc Hydro Power JSC
Configuration: 3 X 630 kW
Operation: 2010
T/G supplier: Hunan Allonward Hydro-Generating Equipment Co
Quick facts: This minihydro plan in Phuc Trio Commune is based on an irrigation reservoir and canal built in 1977. The plant is connected to the grid by a single-circuit 22kV. Construction stared in Jan 2008 and the plant commissioned in Jan 2010. The three 800-kVa transformers were built by Hanoi Electrical Transformer Manufacturing JSC.

Photograph courtesy of Ho Nui Coc Hydro Power JSC
Posted 3 Mar 2010

Huoi Quang
Location: Lai Chau, Son La
Operator: Electricity of Vietnam
Configuration: 2 X 260-MW Francis
Operation: 2015-2016
T/G supplier: TAH
EPC: Hydrochina Zhongnan, Song Da, Lilama, Lung Lo Construction, Construction Corp No 1
Quick facts: In Mar 2005, EVN completed a feasibility study for this HPP on the Nam Mu tributary of the Song Da River in Than Uyen district, Lai Chau province, and Muong La district, Son La province. The VND 9.8tn scheme has a 99m tall dam, two 4.2km HRTs, and and the country's first underground powerhouse downstream in Son La. In Mar 2011, EVN signed an equipment supply contract with Hydrochina Zhongnan and Tianjin Alstom Hydro, Full construction started in Jan 2009 and completion was originally scheduled in 2012, but slipped about 3yrs. AFD made a $100mn non-sovereign, non-guaranteed government loan to EVN to support the project, the first such loan granted in Vietnam. Unit-1 commissioned on 31 Dec 2015. Annual plant production is expected to be about 1.9 TWh.

Photograph courtesy of sieuthibatdongsancengroup.wordpress.com
Posted 25 Jun 2016

Krong Hin
Location: Dac Lac
Operator: Mekong Construction Co Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 3 MW Francis
Operation: 2006
T/G supplier: Guizhou CVC
EPC: Mekong Construction
Quick facts: This plant in M'Drac district in the Centrlal Highlands is considered the first privately-owend hydro power project in Vietnam.

Photograph courtesy of Guizhou CVC
Posted 18 Dec 2011

   
 

Lai Chau
Location: Lai Chau, Son La
Operator: Electricity of Vietnam
Configuration: 3 X 400-MW Francis
Operation: 2016
T/G supplier: TAH
EPC: Hydrochina Zhongnan, Song Da No 4, Licogi, Lilama
Quick facts: In Nov 2009, the National Assembly approved EVN’s 1,200-MW Lai Chau multipurpose HPP on the Da River, in Nam Hang commune, Muong Te district. The Prime Minister’s Office approved the project in Jun 2010 and, in Aug 2010, Vietcombank agreed a VND 14.5bn loan for the scheme while Vietnam Development Bank supplied VND 4.6bn of credits in May 2011. In Jan 2013, EVN awarded Tianjin Alstom Hydro and consortium partner, Hydrochina Zhongnan Engineering a €90mn+ contract for the T/G sets plus mechanical and electrical auxiliaries. Work got underway in Jan 2011 and river closure by the 137m tall RCC dam was in April 2012. Lai Chau was completed ahead of schedule on 20 Dec 2016 and became the third largest HPP in Vietnam. The VND 35.7tn project should supply about 4.7 TWh/yr.

Photograph courtesy of Hung Hai Group
Posted 24 Dec 2016

 

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 24-Dec-2016

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