Coal, Gas

Turbine test a success at Vietnamese Phu My plant

26 August 2003 – The firing of Phu My 3 Power Plant’s first gas turbine was completed successfully on Friday representing a significant milestone for the plant in Vietnam’s southern coastal province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, which will eventually supply ten per cent of the country’s power.

Phu My 3 BOT Power Company Limited (PM3) general director, Do Vuong Tuan, said they, along with partner Siemens and other subcontractors, were working to integrate the power plant’s first generator into Vietnam’s national power grid in about one month.

“The test requires the majority of the systems and components to run simultaneously for the first time,” said Tuan.

Tuan said all involved at PM3 are working to integrate the power plant’s first generator into Vietnam’s national power grid in about one month. Following this trial, a variety of tests will be conducted to assess the plant’s reliability, which is expected to start commercial operation by January 2004.

PM3 is the country’s first Build-Operate-Transfer power plant, and will gas to generate an electricity capacity of 716.8 MW. United Kingdom’s BP, Singapore’s Semb Corp Utilities and the Japanese alliance of Kyushu Electric Power Co and Nissho Iwai Corporation each holds a one-third stake in the $412m power plant.