The volume of water at 37 reservoirs of the Hoa Binh Hydropower Plant in the northern province of Hoa Binhhad had fallen to 14.7 billion cubic meters by the end of August, 11.2 billion cubic meters lower than the same period last year and the lowest in the past 30 years, national power utility Vietnam Electricity (EVN) said Thursday. The Da River is the biggest branch of the Red River, which flows from Yunnan in Southwest China through northern Vietnam to the Gulf of Tonkin, in Vietnam. This time of the year is normally the peak of the flooding season on the river, but so far, there have been no significant water flow, EVN said, adding that the situation posed serious difficulties for electricity production. Owned by EVN, the Hoa Binh dam is the second largest in Southeast Asia, measuring 128 meters (420 feet) in height, and 970 meters (3,182 ft) in length. Power is generated by utilizing eight turbines with a capacity of 240 megawatts. The plant produces up to 8.16 billion kilowatt hours of power annually. Vietnam’s fast economy growth in recent years has made the country hungrier for energy. In July, the Ministry of Industry and Trade… Read full this story
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