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Hydro plant milestone hailed

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A thousand-tonne Rotor, the most critical part of the Son La hydro electric plant's Tourbine No.1, has been successfully installed, the project management unit announced.

The Rotor, which has a diameter of 15.8 metres and a height of 3.2 metres, is the heaviest rotor in Viet Nam, according to the project management unit.

The successful installation of the Rotor marks an important milestone for Son La hydro-electric power plant, the biggest of its kind in Southeast Asian, said Nguyen The Trinh, director of state-owned Lilama 10 Co.'s Son La branch.

"After the installation, we have to check the tourbine and its key parameters. In late October we will conduct a trial run," Trinh said.

Trinh said the equipment for the hyrdo-electric plant had been supplied by Alstom, and that Lilama 10 Co. was responsible for the installation work.

"Installation is a very critical step. Preparations have taken seven months," he said. Nguyen Hong Ha, head of Son La hydro-electric plant's project management unit, said that so far all the project components have met their targets.

The Son La hydro electric plant's Tourbine No1 is expected to be fully operational by December. Son La hydro-electric plant is one of several key national projects.

Work began on Dec. 2, 2005. It is based in It Ong Commune, in northern mountainous Son La Province's Muong La District.

The total investment capital is about VND42.5 trillion (US$2.24 billion). Electricity of Viet Nam is the biggest investor.

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