HBO – The Hoa Binh Hydropower Plant has been an attractive destination to tourists when visiting Hoa Binh Lake.

The plant has a total capacity of 1,920 MW and an annual electricity output of more than 9.5 billion KWh.

 Construction on the project started at a time when the country just ended the resistance war against the US and was facing a lot of difficulties and deprivation, with complicated construction conditions and high pressure on progress. Tens of thousands of youths from rural areas in the northern region volunteered to work at the construction site – the Communist Youth Site. More than 500 engineers and technicians, who had freshly graduated from universities and vocational schools, and 800 experts who were project managers, engineers, and skilled workers of the Soviet Union were sent to the site.

 Hoa Binh Hydropower Plant on the day the river was separated and the dam was built.

 Officials, soldiers, engineers, workers and Soviet Union experts worked hard with the slogan "For the future electric current of the nation”. Therefore, the construction progress was never interrupted. The high resolve, energy, creativeness and high consensus created a lot of miracles, and many records were set at the construction site.

 On January 12, 1983, the first phase of the Da River separation was carried out, while construction on projects to separate the Da River in the second phase finished on January 9, 1986.

 In late 1988, after nine years since the construction started, the first turbine began generating electricity and the Hoa Binh Hydropower Plant was officially put into operation. Other turbines then started generating electricity as scheduled.

 On December 20, 1994, the plant with eight turbines and a total capacity of 1,920 MW was inaugurated and connected to the national grid, showing the breakthrough development of the Vietnamese energy sector and the electricity sector in particular.

 For the nation’s electric current, 168 Vietnamese and Soviet Union officials, experts and workers laid down their lives during the construction process, becoming a symbol of sacrifice and devotion for the friendship between Vietnam and the Soviet Union, and now the Russian Federation. Since its operation, the Hoa Binh Hydropower Plant has generated over 200 billion kWh of electricity, contributing to the country’s economic development./.


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