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Vinh Tan 4 thermal power plant inaugurated

The Vinh Tan 4 thermal power plant, an urgent project helping to ease the electricity shortage in the southern region, was officially inaugurated in the south central province of Binh Thuan on September 21.

The coal-fired plant is part of the Vinh Tan Power Centre in Vinh Tan commune of Tuy Phong district.

Invested with over 36 trillion VND (1.5 billion USD), it has the total capacity of 1,200 MW and will generate about 7.2 billion kWh of electricity each year, mainly for the southern region that is witnessing robust economic growth.

It is expected to greatly help with power supply, especially in the dry season.

Work on the Vinh Tan 4 plant began in March 2014. It has produced more than 10.6 billion kWh of electricity for the national grid so far.

Addressing the inauguration ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh said the plant can supply a considerable amount of electricity for the national grid, helping to ensure power supply, particularly amidst many other big projects lagging behind schedule.

It is also one of the preconditions for Binh Thuan to become a national energy hub, he noted.

As every year, Vietnam needs to have new power generating sources with the total capacity of 5,000 – 6,000 MW to serve development demand, Binh asked the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Committee for Management of State Capital at Enterprises and the Vietnam Electricity group to facilitate investment into power projects, including those using non-State capital, to improve power supply.