Institute Hydroproject evaluating safety at Vietnam's 2,400-MW Son La hydropower plant

RusHydro Group's JSC Institute Hydroproject will soon begin evaluating the construction and safety of Vietnam's 2,400-MW Son La hydroelectric project.

The US$2.5 billion hydropower facility, which began commercial operation in October, will be gauged in a number of areas, Institute Hydroproject says, including the comparison of as-built drawings with the design, analysis of main project structures and properties of construction materials.

The work is expected to be complete by the end of 2012, at which point Institute Hydroproject's findings will be passed to the State Acceptance Committee of Vietnam.

The project is part of a rendering consultancy services agreement signed between JSC and the country's Ministry of Construction's State Authority of Construction Quality Inspection earlier this year.

The Son La project was designed by Institute Hydroproject and is the largest in a cascade of hydro projects located on the Da River.

Other hydropower plants along the Da include the 1,920-MW Hoa Binh -- also an Institute Hydroproject design -- and the proposed Lai Chau, Ban Chak and Guoy Kuang projects.

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