October 25, 2012
After the Song Tranh 2 hydropower plant’s dam was cracked amid continuous earthquakes, the Quang Nam province authorities have reviewed and determined to cancel 23 hydropower projects in the area.
More than 20 earthquakes have struck central Quang Nam Province’s Bac Tra My District and Song Tranh Dam since the start of September. The most recent was on October 23 and measured 4.6 on the Richter scale.
On October 22, the Office of Quang Nam People’s Committee announced the conclusion made by Quang Nam’s Chairman Le Phuoc Thanh concerning the review of hydropower projects in the province, according to a report by VietNamNet Bridge.
Based on the review, Thanh has formally requested a halt to 23 small and medium projects. Specifically, Thanh asked to stop research on 18 projects and rejected two others from the province’s hydropower development plan.
Three additional projects (Song Tranh 5, Ta Moih and Ma Cooih) have not yet been added to the hydropower development plan, at the request of local governments.
The projects have been halted due to their large pollution potential, destruction of forestland and the environment, low investment efficiency or because they had not been implemented according to an agreed-on schedule.
However, Quang Nam authorities still allowed two projects to continue, including A Grong and Dak Sa.
Though the government does not allow Song Tranh 2 to store water, the plant produced 455.421 million kilowatt hours of electricity so far this year, reaching 80 percent of the yearly plan approved by the Electricity of Vietnam Group (EVN).