(EnergyAsia, June 6 2011, Monday) — PetroVietnam Technical Services Corporation (PTSC) has selected US engineering firm Black & Veatch to provide project management and design services for the coal-fired Long Phu 1 power plant.

Comprising two 600MW units, the plant is scheduled for completion in 2014. It is the first of three planned power plants at the Long Phu Power Center. When completed, the centre will have a combined capacity of 4,400 MW.

Located in the Long Phu District, Soc Trang province in southern Vietnam, it will supply much-needed power to the national electric grid, especially to more than 16 million people in the Mekong Delta Region.

According to Black & Veatch, the plant will use highly efficient supercritical technology. Supercritical technology achieves lower carbon and other emissions than subcritical plants of the same power output because it enables plant operators to use less fuel per unit of electricity generated.

The plant will also include wet scrubbers and electrostatic precipitators for air emissions controls.
“Apart from engineering and project management consulting experience, Black & Veatch has experience as an EPC contractor in the power sector, which is of great importance in assisting PTSC with the engineering and construction of the Long Phu 1 Power Plant Project,” said Nguyen Tran Toan, PTSC’s deputy general director.

PTSC is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the project and is a subsidiary of project owner PetroVietnam. PetroVietnam Power, also a member of PetroVietnam, will operate the plant and deliver electricity to the Vietnam grid system.

“Black & Veatch Program Management professionals will be an integral part of the PTSC team, supporting them in meeting the operational goals,” said John Morrow, project manager for Black & Veatch. 

The Vietnamese government expects the country’s economy to grow at between 7.5% and 8% annually over the next five years.

“Rapid urbanisation, manufacturing growth and a strong interest in the nation’s rich deposits of rare earth metals are putting pressure on Vietnam’s power grid,” said Gary Morrow, senior vice president and director of Power Generation Services for Black & Veatch.

“PTSC’s strong technical capabilities and their leadership in oil and gas combined with Black & Veatch’s leading design and implementation knowledge and our global reach is an example of how international partnerships can deliver innovative, quality solutions to meet Vietnam’s growing power needs.”

Black & Veatch said the Vietnamese Government has announced plans to build 90 coal-fired power plants by 2025. These plants will have a combined capacity of 106,000 MW and represent an investment of US$83 billion.