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Pha Lai Thermal Power JSC: Full Operation to Power National Economy

Posted: Tuesday, August 17, 2010

After nearly 30 years of construction and development, the contributions of the Pha Lai Thermal Power Joint Stock Company are of great significance and importance for the development of the electricity industry in particular and for the country’s industrialisation and modernisation in general.
Largest coal-fired thermal power plant in Southeast Asia
Pha Lai Thermal Power Joint Stock Company is previously the Pha Lai Thermal Power Plant, an affiliate of the Electricity of Vietnam, a state-owned electric power utility. The plant was built in the 1980s in Pha Lai, Chi Linh district, Hai Duong province. This was the country’s top priority project and was put under the close surveillance of the Government. To date, the company is still operating at its full capacity, playing an important role in ensuring the national energy security.
The first plant was kicked off on May 17, 1980 and completed in 1986. This 440-MW facility consists of four turbines, 110 MW each, and eight boilers - two for each turbine. “In the first years of the doi moi (reform) process, the timely contribution of the plant to the national electricity grid was very important because at that time Vietnam was short of electricity for production and business activities as well as living activities of the people. Pha Lai Thermal Power Plant was like a saviour of the northern electricity sector,” General Director Nguyen Khac Son said with pride.
Amid growing electricity demand and under the instruction of the Government, the second plant of the Pha Lai Thermal Power was commenced on June 8, 1998 on the remaining unused area on the east. The 600-MW facility consisted of two boilers, turbine and generator complexes, with 300 MW each, called Turbine 5 and Turbine 6. The Turbine 5 was transferred to the company on December 28, 2002 and the Turbine 6 was handed over on March 14, 2003.
Since then, the Pha Lai Thermal Power Plant with a capacity of 1,040 MW is the largest coal-fired power generator in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.
Toward multi-sector business
When the company started the construction on the first plant, it had to encounter numerous difficulties and challenges, especially in construction and installation of equipment, research, technology transfer and human resource training.
Son said: “In the first years of the doi moi process, the Vietnamese economy was inflicted by subsidy-era subsequence and this restraint largely affected the construction of the plant. When the plant was completed and put into operation, the fuel was a big challenge. Although the plant was located in the proximity of large coal reserves like Vang Danh and Mao Khe, the inputting for the plants was not stable due to so backward mining technologies.”
However, with important and valuable supports of Russia, both materially and spiritually, and above all the close guidance of the Party and the Government in combination with endless efforts of all staffs, difficulties and challenges were pushed back and resolved. The first plant went on stream on time to meet the urgent power demand of the people.
Since the first turbine was put into operation until late 2001, the Pha Lai Thermal Power had supplied more than 30 billion kWh of electricity to the national power grid. At that time, the company’s output accounted for nearly 9 percent of the country’s power output and more than 70 percent of coal-fired thermal power plants in total.
When the second plant was completed and put into operation in 2002 - 2003, Pha Lai Thermal Power made increasingly important contributions to the national power grid, with an annual output of 6 billion kWh of electricity, accounting for some 10 percent of the country’s power output. In 2006, the output of the plants exceeded 7.2 billion kWh of electricity, including over 2.9 billion kWh from the first facility - a record.
In recent years, after it was renamed Pha Lai Thermal Power Company on March 30, 2005 and went public and renamed Pha Lai Thermal Power Joint Stock Company on January 26, 2006. Being aware of its high responsibility, the entire company always unites and strives for better business results. The electric output is stable at over 7 billion kWh per year, accounting some 10 percent of the country’s production and 40 percent of the northern region.
With its effort in production and business activities, in recent years, Pha Lai Thermal Power Joint Stock Company has received many diplomas of merits from the Party, the State, the Government, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the Electricity of Vietnam like Grade A Enterprise Award (2007); Corporate Culture Gold Cup, Renowned Securities Trademark and Top Vietnam Joint Stock Company Gold Cup (2008); Green Environment Award (2009). Besides, leaders of the company also won many titles like Excellent Manager in 2007; Successful Entrepreneur Gold Cup in 2008; Golden Symbol for the Development of Vietnamese Entrepreneurs in 2009 for General Director Nguyen Khac Son.
Remarking business plans and intentions in the coming time, Mr Son emphasised that “The company’s staff will spare no effort to operate all turbines at the full capacity to serve business and production activities as well as livelihood of the people.” Apart from core electric production, the company is also involved in other fields like construction, electric project construction, electric equipment and parts production, financial investment, securities brokerage, real estate trading, etc.
While Vietnam is now short of electricity and the power industry fails to meet the full demand, the contributions of Pha Lai Thermal Power to the national grid are practical and important, helping the country to speed up the cause of industrialisation and modernisation.
Minh Hien

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