HANOI Aug 3 Petrovietnam has awarded its
subsidiary a contract to build a 1,200-megawatt coal-fired
thermal power plant in southern Vietnam, which will use coal
imported from Indonesia and Australia, a state-run newspaper
said on Wednesday.
The unit, Petrovietnam Technical Services Corp
(PTSC), would buy and install equipment, build and test-run the
Song Hau 1 Thermal Power Plant in the Mekong Delta province of
Hau Giang within 45 months, based on a broad agreement with
state oil and gas group Petrovietnam, New Energy newspaper said.
The twin-turbine plant in the Song Hau Power complex would
use coal imported from Indonesia and Australia to generate
around 7.8 billion kilowatt hour per year, said the newspaper
run by the Vietnam Oil and Gas Association.
It gave no projection on the coal import volume or further
details of the Song Hau 1 project. The two sides would still
need to sign a specific contract following the broad agreement.
The 5,200-megawatt Song Hau Power Complex would have three
coal-fired power plants, the report cited a masterplan approved
in March 2010 by the Industry and Trade Ministry as saying.
Last December, PTSC also won a Petrovietnam contract to
build the $1.2-billion Long Phu 1 coal-fired power plant in
southern Soc Trang province.
Coal will take over from hydro power as the leading fuel for
new electricity generation in Vietnam, so far a net coal
exporter, in the next five years, state utility Vietnam
Electricity group has said.
Vietnam will raise its coal export tax to 20 percent next
month from 15 percent, as the country moves to save the fossil
fuel for domestic consumption while coal production in August
would fall from previous months, state-run newspapers
(Reporting by Ho Binh Minh; Editing by Ramthan Hussain)