Vietnam's First LNG-Fired Power Plants in the Works

The plants are expected to be put into operation no later than 2024.

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Vietnam's first LNG terminal, Thi Vai, will supply imported LNG to two new power plants.
SOURCE: PetroVietnam Gas

A consortium of Samsung C&T and Lilama Corp. has scooped the role of engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor for Nhon Track 3 and 4—Vietnam’s first LNG-fired power plants.

The main scope of the nearly $1-billion EPC package is the construction of two plants using modern combined cycle gas turbines (CCGTs) with 1-1-1 configuration (1 gas turbine, 1 heat recovery boiler, and 1 steam turbine). GE is supplying the CCGTs, which Lilama said will be the new-generation Model 9HA.02. The project should be developed within 36 months, according to Lilama.

During the EPC package deployment, Power Engineering Consulting Company 2 (PECC 2) and Fichtner (Germany) participated as the leading domestic and international consulting companies.

Vietnam currently generates most of its electricity from coal and is drafting a new national power development plan that includes 22 LNG-fired power plants.

The Nhon Trach 3 and 4 project is located in Ong Keo Industrial Park, Nhon Trach District, Dong Nai province, and is expected to supply electricity for three large areas of high-load power in the Southern Region including Ho Chi Minh City, provinces of Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau. They will be the first ones to use LNG in Vietnam with a total capacity of 1,500 MW (750 MW each). The plants are expected to be put into operation in 2023–2024 .

PetroVietnam Gas said last week it plans to test run Thi Vai in the fourth quarter of 2022. The terminal will supply imported LNG to the two power plants.