Hydroelectric Plants in Vietnam - N to Z
Na Hang (Tuyen Quang)
Location: Tuyen Quang
Operator: Electricity of Vietman
Configuration: 3 X 114 MW
Operation: 2008
T/G supplier: ICT Corp
EPC: Northwest Hydro Consulting Engineers, PECC No 1, Song Da No 9
Quick facts: This $490mn project was approved in Oct 2002 for a site on the Gam River near Pac Ta Mountain. Construction started on 22 Dec 2002 and the first unit commissioned in Mar 2008. This is the second largest hydro project in the north with annual production of 1,200 GWh expected. The 92m rockfill dam has a crest length of 718m.  Also known as Dai Thi.

Photograph courtesy of ICT Corp
Posted 30 Aug 2008

Na Loi
Location: Dien Bien
Operator: Na Loi Hydropower JSC
Configuration: 3 X 3.1 MW Francis
Operation: 2003
T/G supplier: Flovel, VA TECH
EPC: Song Da
Quick facts: Construction at Na Loi began on 12 May 2000 and the project completed 5 Jul 2003.

Photograph courtesy of Song Da Corp
Posted 2 Nov 2013

Nam Chien-1
Location: Son La
Operator: Nam Chien Hydropower JSC
Configuration: 2 X 100 MW Pelton
Operation: 2013
T/G supplier: BHEL
EPC: Song Da
Quick facts: This HPP is in Muong La district. The project includes a concrete double-curved, arch dam reaching 136.5m in length and with a crest length of 273m, the largest arch dam yet built in Vietnam. Construction began in Q7, 2007 and the first unit began generating on 15 Jan 2013. The total investment is VND 6.4tn. Production is supposed to be about 800 GWh/yr.

Photograph courtesy of Song Da Corp
Posted 2 Nov 2013

Nam Cong-3
Location: Son La
Operator: Bac Minh Development Investment JSC
Configuration: 2 X 4-MW Francis
Operation: 2010
T/G supplier: Chongqing Yunhe Hydropower
Quick facts: This HPP was developed by Lilama 10 JSC and acquired by Bac Minh in Jan 2014. The site is in Song Ma district.

Photograph courtesy of Bac Minh Development Investment JSC
Posted 18 Jan 2015

Nam Hoa-2
Location: Son La
Operator: ANPHA Hydro Electric Investment JSC
Configuration: 2 X 4 MW
Operation: 2013
T/G supplier: Jiangxi Tellhow
EPC: MECO - Vietnam Mechanization Electrification and Construction JSC
Quick facts: This SHP is in Muong Bam Commune, Thuan Chau District. A concrete diversion structure across Nam Hoa stream flows water through an open head race tunnel to a surface powerhouse. Water is discharged back into the Nam Hoa stream via a tail race tunnel. The plant has a 35kV switchyard and a 7km tie-line to the EVN 110kV Nam Hoa 1 Substation.

Photograph courtesy of MECO
Posted 27 Oct 2013

Nam Na-2
Location: Lai Chau
Operator: Hung Hai Construction Co Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 22-MW Kaplan
Operation: 2015
T/G supplier: Tyazhmash
EPC: Lilama No 10, Song Da No 4
Quick facts: The Nam Na 2 HPP is on the Nam Na River in Phin Ho commune, Sin Ho district, and Huoi Luong commune, Phong Tho district, Lai Chau province. Annual net power production is estimated at 265 GWh. The FID was 4 Feb 2010 and the main EPC contract was signed on 8 Apr 2010.

Photograph courtesy of Hung Hai Construction Co Ltd
Posted 26 Dec 2016

Nam Na-3
Location: Lai Chau
Operator: Hung Hai Construction Co Ltd
Configuration: 3 X 29-MW Kaplan
Operation: 2017
T/G supplier: ??
EPC: Lilama No 10, Song Da No 4, Song Da No 11, Machinery Erection JSC No 1, Song Da-Ucrin Consulting Engineering Co Ltd
Quick facts: In Dec 2009, Hung Hai Construction signed EPC contracts with Song Da 4 JSC and Hai Long Construction Co Ltd for this HPP on the Nam Na River in Chan Nua commune Sin Ho district, Lai Chau province. In Apr 2012, Hung Hai Group and BNP Paribas Bank, Tokyo branch, signed a NEXI ¥7.1bn term loan facility for the VND 2.5tn scheme. Three Kaplan T/G sets are installed and these should supply about 350 GWh/yr for the grid.

Photograph courtesy of Hung Hai Construction Co Ltd
Posted 26 Dec 2016

Nam Ngan
Location: Ha Giang
Operator: Song Da Construction Co Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 5 MW Francis
Operation: 2010
T/G supplier: Hunan Shaoyang Zijiang Hengyuan Hydroelectric Equipment Manufacture
EPC: Song Da Construction
Quick facts: Nam Ngan is located on Nam Ngan stream between Viet Lam and Quang Ngan communes, Vi Xuyen district. The project's estimated annual production is 58 GWh. The plant is connected to the national grid with a tie-line to the Ha Giang-Bac Quang 110kV line.

Photograph courtesy of Guizhou CVC
Posted 27 Dec 2011

Nam Tha-6
Location: Lao Cai
Operator: Phuc Khanh Energy Development and Construction Investment Co Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 2.1 MW Francis
Operation: 2012
T/G supplier: Asia-Pacific Power-Tech Co Ltd
Quick facts: Nam Ngan is located on Nam Ngan stream between Viet Lam and Quang Ngan communes, Vi Xuyen district. The project's estimated annual production is 58 GWh. The plant is connected to the national grid with a tie-line to the Ha Giang- Bac Quang 110kV line.

Photograph courtesy of Asia-Pacific Power-Tech Co Ltd
Posted 26 Jun 2013

Ngoi Xan-2
Location: Lao Cai
Operator: Nam Tien Construction Investment & Trading JSC
Configuration: 3 X 3.8 MW Pelton
Operation: 2008
T/G supplier: Asia-Pacific Power-Tech Co Ltd

Photograph courtesy of Asia-Pacific Power-Tech Co Ltd
Posted 26 Jun 2013

Nho Que-3
Location: Ha Giang
Operator: Bitexco-Nho Que JSC
Configuration: 2 X 55 MW Francis
Operation: 2012
T/G supplier: Chongqing
EPC: PECC No 1, Cavico
Quick facts: In Sep 2007, the final environmental report was approved for this HPP on the Nho Que River in Lung Pu, Son Vi, Khau Vai and Can Chu Phin communes, Meo Vac district. Construction started in Apr 2008 and, in Dec 2008, the equipment supply contract was signed. The units completed in Apr and Jun 2012, respectively, and connect to the grid at 220kV. Annual production is expected to be about 500 GWh. The total project cost was about VND 2,462bn.

Photograph courtesy of Electricity of Vietnam
Posted 2 Nov 2013

Plei Krong
Location: Kon Tum
Operator: Yali Hydropower JSC
Configuration: 2 X 55 MW Francis
Operation: 2009
T/G supplier: LMZ, Electrosila
EPC: Song Da, Lilama
Quick facts: In 1993, Electrowatt completed the first feasibility study for this HPP on the Krong Poko River in Sa Thay district, about 20km northeast of Yali. Plans were revised in 2000 to address resettlement issues and MOI approved the revised plan in Nov 2000. Work got underway on 23 Nov 2003. In Mar 2001, Russia signed a $100mn cooperation agreement for the project. In Apr 2005, EVN obtained credit agreements worth VND 1.39tn for the VND 2.967tn plant from Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Agribank), BIDV, Incombank, and Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (Vietcombank). The first set started up on 12 May 2009, about 2yrs behind schedule. It was the first major Vietnamese project to use RCC dam construction.

Photograph courtesy of Electricity of Vietnam
Posted 2 Nov 2013

Se San-3
Location: Gia Lai
Operator: Yali Hydropower JSC
Configuration: 2 X 130 MW Francis
Operation: 2006
T/G supplier: LMZ, Electrosila
EPC: Song Da, Lilama
Quick facts: In Jan 2002, SWECO was hired to advise EVN in conjunction with their development of designs, working drawings and documentation for a request for bids for the Se San-3 HPP downstream of Yali. Following reports of problems after the closure of the Yali dam, the ADB declined funding for the project in 2000, and it was eventually financed locally by EVN and the Vietnamese government. Se San-3 has an 80m concrete dam and two 130-MW Francis turbines ordered in Aug 2003 for $61mn. Work started on 15 Jun 2002 The first T/G set completed 23 Apr 2006, a month ahead of schedule. The $251mn plant is expected to generate about 1.1 TWh/yr.

Photograph courtesy of Electricity of Vietnam
Posted 2 Nov 2013

Se San-3A
Location: Gia Lai
Operator: Electricity of Vietnam
Configuration: 2 X 54 MW Kaplan
Operation: 2006-2007
T/G supplier: Harbin
EPC: Song Da
Quick facts: Construction of this plant in the Central Highlands began in April 2003 and the first set was connected to the grid on 29 Dec 2006. The total plant investment is VND1,864bn and a credit agreement was signed between the developer and Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam, Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam, and Industrial and Commercial Bank of Vietnam.

Photograph courtesy of Song Da Construction Corp
Posted 7 Jan 2007

Se San-4
Location: Gia Lai
Operator: Electricity of Vietnam
Configuration: 3 X 120 MW Kaplan
Operation: 2009-2010
T/G supplier: TAH
EPC: PECC No 1, Song Da
Quick facts: This site is downstream of the Yali Dam. It is one of a series of dams and hydro plants on the Se San River upstream of its eventual confluence with the Mekong River in Cambodia. The plant cost around $250mn.

Photograph courtesy of PECC No 1
Re-posted 26 Oct 2011

Seo Chong Ho
Location: Lao Cai
Operator: Northern Power Corp
Configuration: 2 X 11 MW Pelton
Operation: 2013
T/G supplier: Kunming
EPC: Hydrochina Zhongnan Engineering Corp, Sinohydro
Quick facts: This HPP is on Seo Chong Ho stream, a tributary of the Ngoi Bo River, in Ta Van and Ban Ho communes, Sa Pa district. The design contract was signed on 7 Nov 2007. The scheme has a 40.5m tall dam forming a 58ha reservoir, a 3.7km diversion tunnel, and then a 2.3km penstock. A 20km, single-circut 110kV tie-line was built to a transformer station on the Lao Cai-Phong Tho transmission line.

Photograph courtesy of PowerChina
Posted 25 Jan 2015

Son La
Location: Son La
Operator: Electricity of Vietnam
Configuration: 6 X 400 MW
Operation: 2010-2012
T/G supplier: Alstom
EPC: PECC No 1, Song Da
Quick facts: Son La has the largest hydraulic turbines in Vietnam. The 177m dam on the Da River created a 44,000ha reservoir necessitating extensive resettlement. EVN did the feasibility study and Sweco and Harza completed a final appraisal in 1999. The Politburo approved the project, but requested additional studies. On 23 Dec 2012, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung inaugurated the hydropower project about 3yrs ahead of schedule. The estimated cost was $3.55bn.

Photograph by Earth_Walker (Panoramio)
Re-posted 27 Dec 2011

Song Ba Ha
Location: Phu Yen
Operator: Ba Ha River JSC
Configuration: 2 X 110 MW Francis
Operation: 2009
T/G supplier: Dongfang
EPC: Power Engineering Consulting Co No 1, Maunsell, Cavico, Corporation of Electromechanics and Agriculture Construction, Construction Co No 47, Lilama
Quick facts: Construction at Song Ba Ha started in Jan 2007. The plant cost about 4.27tn dong. Main components are a 51m concrete and earthfill dam, diversion canal, and surface powerhouse.

Photograph courtesy of Dongfang Electric Co
Posted 25 Aug 2012

Song Bung-2
Location: Quang Nam
Operator: EVN GENCO No 2
Configuration: 2 X 50 MW Francis
Operation: 2017
T/G supplier: ??
EPC: PECC No 3, CTTE, Construction JSC 47, Central Area Mechanical JSC, Cavico
Quick facts: This HPP on the Bung River is in Laee and Zuoih communes, Nam Giang district. In Mar 2010, EVN signed a 14yr, $175mn loan agreement for the project with three foreign banks including Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp, Societe Generale, and BNP Paribas. This was the first official loan contract EVN signed with guarantees of the Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI). Construction began in Nov 2010. The total cost is expected to be VND 3,611bn with annual production of 425 GWh. The site is about 12km from the Lao frontier. ABB delivered the plant control and protection based on the Symphony Plus and Relion systems.

Photograph courtesy of EVN
Posted 9 Jul 2016

Song Bung-4
Location: Quang Nam
Operator: EVN GENCO No 2
Configuration: 2 X 78 MW Francis
Operation: 2014-2015
T/G supplier: Tianjin Alstom Hydro
EPC: Mott MacDonald , Sinohydro No 8, CTTE, PECC No 1, PECC No 4
Quick facts: In Nov 2006, the GOV approved construction of EVN’s Song Bung-2 and Song Bung-4 hydroelectric plants in the Vu Gia-Thu Bon river basin in Quang Nam province. Song Bung-4 plant cost about $250mn. In June 2008, the ADB agreed a $196mn loan for Song Bung-4. In June 2012, Hydrochina Huadong signed a contract for electromechanical equipment and technical services for Song Bung-4, Unit-1 was synchronized in October 2014. The plant has a 114m tall, RCC dam and should supply about 550 GWh/yr to the grid.

Photograph courtesy of PowerChina
Posted 21 Jan 2015

Song Bung-5
Location: Quang Nam
Operator: Power Engineering & Consulting Co 1
Configuration: 2 X 28.5 MW Kaplan
Operation: 2013
T/G supplier: Zhefu
EPC: Hydrochina Zhongnan, Lilama 45.3 JSC
Quick facts:Song Bung-5 is on the Bung River in Ma Cooih commune, Dong Giang district, and Thanh My town, Nam Giang district. The project inclues a 110kV tie-line. The construction contract was signed on 21 Dec 2009 and the equipment supply contract on 19 Aug 2010. The stator for Unit-2 was lowered on 30 May 2013 and the unit was grid-connected on 16 Jul 2013.

Photograph courtesy of Power Engineering & Consulting Co 1
Posted 30 May 2016

Song Giang-2
Location: Khanh Hoa
Operator: Song Giang Hydro Power JSC
Configuration: 2 X 18.5 MW Pelton
Operation: 2014
T/G supplier: Fouress
EPC: Power Engineering Consulting Co No 3, Guangdong Yuantian Engineering Co, Cavico
Quick facts: This project on the the Giang River in Khanh Vinh District, 50km northwest of Nha Trang. The project componentes include a 17.5m high, 166m long concrete gravity dam, a water diversion system to a closed water channel, a 4.7km power tunnel, a pressure regulating well, and a 1.3km penstock to the powerhouse. A single-circuit 110kV will tie to Dien Khanh Substation. Total annual production is expected to be 141 GWh.

Photograph courtesy of Guangdong Yuantian Engineering Co
Posted 25 Aug 2012

Song Mien
Location: Ha Giang
Operator: Bat Dai Son Hydropower JSC
Configuration: 2 X 3 MW Kaplan
Operation: 2010
T/G supplier: ??
EPC: Song Da No 11 JSC
Quick facts: This SHP project is on the Mien River, a branch of the Lo RIver, in Bat Dai Son commune, Quan Ba district, and Na Khe commune, Yen Minh district. The project is invested by PetroVietnam Financial JSC.

Photograph courtesy of Electricity of Vietnam
Posted 20 Feb 2012

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Song Pha
Location: Ha Giang
Operator: Ham Thuan-Da Mi-Da Nhim Hydro Power Co
Configuration: 2 X 3.75 MW Francis
Operation: 1994
T/G supplier: Guizhou CVC

Photograph courtesy of Guizhou CVC
Posted 27 Dec 2011

Srepok-4A
Location: Dac Lac
Operator: Buon Don Hydropower JSC
Configuration: 2 X 32 MW bulb
Operation: 2013
T/G supplier: Tianjin Alstom Hydro
EPC: PECC No 4
Quick facts: This HPP takes its water from the discharge canal of the Srepok-4 project. Annual production is about 308 GWh.

Photograph courtesy of PECC No 4
Posted 8 Jun 2014

Srok Phu Mieng
Location: Binh Phouc
Operator: Industrial Park Development and Investment Co (IDICO)
Configuration: 2 X 25.5 MW
Operation: 2006
T/G supplier: Dongfang
Quick facts: In Nov 2003, construction started on this site on the Be River in Binh Long and Phuoc Long districts in southern Binh Phuoc province. The plant cost $67.5mn and will supply about 228 GWh/yr. The first set went online in Oct 2006. Srok Phu Mieng was the third hydroelectric station on the Be River after the Thac Mo and Can Don HPP.

Photograph courtesy of Industrial Park Development and Investment
Posted 27 Jan 2007

Ta Trach
Location: Thua Thien-Hue
Operator: Bitexco - Ta Trach Hydropower JSC
Configuration: 2 X 10.5 MW Kaplan
Operation: 2014
T/G supplier: Nandian
Quick facts: This multipurpose HPP cost VND 505bn and completed in May 2014. Production is expected to be about 80 GWh/yr and the plant connects to the 110kV grid.

Photograph courtesy of www.baomoi.com
Posted 22 Dec 2014

Thac Ba
Location: Yen Bai
Operator: Thac Ba Hydropower Co
Configuration: 3 X 40 MW Propeller
Operation: 1971-1972
T/G supplier: Kharkov, Electrosila
EPC: Hydropower Institute, PECC No 1, Song Da No 9
Quick facts: Thac Ba is on the Chay River and was the first Vietnamese hydro plant built with Soviet equipment and financial assistance. Construction started on 19 Aug 1964 and Unit-1 commissioned on 5 Oct 1971 after repeated interruptions by US airstrikes. The dam is 48m high and 657m long. The reservoir is 235km².

Photograph courtesy of Thac Ba Hydropower Co
Posted 30 Aug 2008

Thac Mo
Location: Binh Phuoc
Operator: Thac Mo Hydro Power Co
Configuration: 2 X 75 MW Francis
Operation: 1995
T/G supplier: LMZ, UETM
EPC: Koei, Ukrhydroproject, PECC No 2, Eastern Construction Co
Quick facts: In Mar 2004, JBIC signed a ¥5,972bn loan agreement with EVN for a 75-MW extension to the Thac Mo power station. Alstom got the T/G order in Sep 2014.

Photograph courtesy of Alstom
Re-posted 18 Oct 2014

Thac Trang
Location: Dien Bien
Operator: Song Da Holdings
Configuration: 2 X 3 MW Francis
Operation: 2006
T/G supplier: Andritz
EPC: Song Da
Quick facts: Ths SHP is in Muong Phang and Na Tau communes, Dien Bien district. Work started on 19 May 2004 and completed on 5 Jul 2006. The project cost VND 103.39bn and is expected to supply 23 GWh/yr.

Photograph courtesy of Song Da Construction Corp
Posted 2 Nov 2013

Tuyên Quang
Location: Tuyên Quang
Operator: Electricity of Vietnam
Configuration: 3 X 114 MW Francis
Operation: 2008
T/G supplier: Shaoyang Hengyuan Zijang Hydroelectric, Harbin
EPC: Northwest Hydro Consulting Engineers, Power Engineering & Consulting Co 1, Song Da No 9 JSC
Quick facts: Tuyên Quang, also known as Dai Thi, is on the Gâm River near Pac Ta Mountain. It is the first HPP on the Lo-Gâm river system in northern Vietnam. Construction began on 22 Dec 2002 and the first unit was commissioned in Mar 2008. Annual production is about 1,200 GWh. The project's approved cost was $490mn. The 92m tall rockfill Na Hang Dam has a crest length of 718m.

Photograph by Dr Blofeld (wikipedia)
Posted 31 Mar 2013

Van Phong
Location: Binh Dinh
Operator: Central Hydropower JSC
Configuration: 3 X 2 MW bub
Operation: 2015
T/G supplier: Zhongli
EPC: PECC No 3, Construction JSC 47
Quick facts: This HPP was built in 2.5yrs and went online on 25 Jan 2015. It wa said to have the lowest operating head of any plant in Vietnam when finished at about 4.54m.

Photograph courtesy of Central Hydropower JSC
Posted 20 Mar 2015

Yali
Location: Gia Lai
Operator: Yali Hydro Power JSC
Configuration: 4 X 180 MW Francis
Operation: 2000-2001
T/G supplier: LMZ
EPC: Hydropower Institute, Ukrhydroproject, Electricite de France, PECC No 1
Quick facts: On 11 Apr 1993, construction started at the site on the mainstream Se San River, an important tributary of the Mekong. The site is approximately 70km from the Cambodian frontier. The plant equipment was supplied by Technopromexport and is expected to produce 3.68 TWh/yr. The first uit started up on 27 Apr 2002. In Jun 2007, EVN created Yali Hydropower JSC to manage the plant along with Plei Krong and Se San-3.

Photograph courtesy of Ukrhydroproject
Posted 8 Mar 2007

Abbreviations

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

Updated 26-Dec-2016

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