Vietnam Approved to Start Lower Sesan 2 Hydro Construction

Vietnam Ministry of Planning and Investment has licensed the US$800 million hydro-electric power plant to be constructed in Cambodia, according to the ministry’s Foreign Investment Agency and quote by http://www.eco-business.com/news/2011/jan/20/vietnam-invests-cambodia-power-plant/

This project by state-owned Vietnam Electricity Group (EVN) is solely invested by its joint-stock subsidiary EVN International, whose shareholders include major state companies and corporations, such as PetroVietnam, EVN, and Vietnam Rubber Group, it said.

The power plant, Lower Se San 2, is located in Cambodia’s Stung Treng province on the Se San river, a major tributary of the Great Mekong River.

Its capacity is estimated at 400MW with an average output of 1998 million KWh per year, half of which will be sold back to Cambodia.

EVN International also currently carries out other energy projects and research for investment in neighboring Laos and Cambodia.

Construction for the plant is to begin this year and it is expected to go into operation in 2016.

According the environmental impact assessment that released in 2009, this hydro dam will flood at least 4 communes in Sesan, Stung Treng and make around 1052 household to resettle and will affect habitat of  21 fish families,  27 bird, 21 mammals, and many kind of animal and plants.

It will be run by 5 turbines and each turbine can generate 80 MW. To run this 40 m high and 8m width  that can make a 1.79billions m3 and will flood around 335 Km2, the EIA said.

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