Hydroelectric Power Plants in Vietnam
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

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

Can Don
Location: Binh Phuoc
Operator: Can Don Hydro Power JSC
Configuration: 2 X 36 MW
Operation: 2007
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 Song Da subsidiary, but is now a listed company.

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

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

Dak Mi-4
Location: Quang Nam
Operator: Viet Nam Urban & Industrial Zone Dev Invest Corp (IDICO)
Configuration: 2 X 74 MW Francis (4A), 2 X 22 MW Kaplan (4B)
Operation: 2012
T/G supplier: Dongfang
EPC: Hydrochina Chengdu Engineering Corp. Song Da, Licogi
Quick facts: The 190-MW Dak Mi-4 project was autorized on 11 Oct 2005. It is sited on the upstream Vu Gia River in Phuoc Xuan commune, Phuoc Son district. The project Dak Mi-4A (148 MW) and the lower cascade Dak Mi-4B (42 MW) representing a total capital investment of 4,547bn VND. Annual average power production is estimated at 753 GWh. Ground was broken on 21 Apr 2007. 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 243bn dong.

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

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

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

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

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

Se San-3A
Location: Gia Lai
Operator: Electricity of Vietnam
Configuration: 2 X 54 MW
Operation: 2006-2007
T/G supplier: ??
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

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
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 durfact powerhouse.

Photograph courtesy of Dongfang Electric Co
Posted 25 Aug 2012

Song Giang-2
Location: Khanh Hoa
Operator: Song Giang Hydro Power JSC
Configuration: 2 X 18.5 MW Pelton
Operation: 2012
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 hiigh, 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

This was photograph number 6,500 posted in the Power Plants Around the World gallery.

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

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

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.

Photograph courtesy of Ukrhydroproject
Posted 8 Mar 2007

Tuyên Quang
Location: Tuyên Quang
Operator: Electricity of Vietnam
Configuration: 3 X 114 MW
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 1,2000 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

   
Yali
Location: Gia Lai
Operator: Electricity of Vietnam
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: This is Vietnam's second largest hydroelectric plant. In Nov 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.

Photograph courtesy of Ukrhydroproject
Posted 8 Mar 2007

Abbreviations

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

Updated 26-Jun-2013

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