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14 July 2009

Mott MacDonald assists on Vietnam Hydropower project

Mott MacDonald has been appointed by Song Bung 4 Hydropower Management Board, a project implementation unit set up by Viet Nam Electricity (EVN), to assist with a hydropower development in Quang Nam Province in central Vietnam. This is the first major hydropower project in Vietnam funded by Asian Development Bank.

The $267 million project due for completion in 2014 will see construction of a 156 MW hydropower scheme which entails constructing a 114m high roller compacted concrete (RCC) dam, an intake structure, a 3.2 km long headrace tunnel of 7.2 m diameter, a 16m diameter surge shaft and a powerhouse of 65m by 20m.

Mott MacDonald’s team of dams, tunnelling, hydropower, environment and resettlement experts will supervise the implementation of the project. Their tasks include reviewing designs; providing technical advice and assistance with procurement; resettlement advice and monitoring; environmental management advice and monitoring; as well as construction supervision; and knowledge transfer.

Jack Meldrum, Mott MacDonald’s technical director said, “We are delighted to be selected on this important project. Vietnam has been experiencing a growth rate for electricity demand of over 15% per year. It has a hydropower potential of about 20,600 MW of which about 4,600 MW has been developed so far. The scheme will help to meet Vietnam’s increasing power demands, whilst reducing its reliance on fossil fuels.”


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