Southeast Asia’s largest hydroelectric power station has begun operating in Vietnam as the first of six turbines at the $2 billion plant came online — with a capacity of 2,400 megawatts to be operational in 2012. About 100,000 people were relocated to make way for the reservoir created for the facility in northwestern Vietnam near the China border.
The plant is part of Vietnam’s effort to upgrade its infracture to catch up with its fast-growing economy. Analysts say the country needs $120 billion investment over the next decade, much of it in the energy sector.
Currently Vietnam draws more than one-third of its electricity from hydropower and experiences periodic blackouts as electricity demand is growing 14% annually.
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