Speaking to the Daily last Thursday, Nguyen Nhat, director of the Vietnam Maritime Administration, said that the plant will run on imported coal which will be transported by large vessels of over 100,000 DWT.
Nhat, referring to a report from the investor sent to the administration, said that coal may be transported to a port in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province or other ports before being carried by small ships or barges along the Hau River to the plant.
The Government earlier allowed Tata Power to invest in Long Phu 2 thermal power plant under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) model. The plant has a total capacity of 1,200 MW.
Long Phu 2 thermal power plant is expected to be operational in 2018. Therefore, the company has proposed the Government to soon build transshipment ports to transport coal to the plant, Nhat said.
The Vietnam Maritime Administration will survey locations for transshipment ports in the Mekong Delta in the coming time.
Last year, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) proposed eight coal transshipment ports for the Mekong Delta, which are Vinh Tan, Cai Mep, Soc Trang, Con Dao, Nam Du, Duyen Hai, Soai Rap and Hon Khoai.
Long Phu 2 is one among the three plants of Long Phu Thermal Power Center in Soc Trang Province. Long Phu 1 plant built by Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) will be put into operation in 2015.