Vietnam completed the construction of the Yaly hydropower plant, the country’s second largest after the Soviet-built Hoa Binh hydropower plant in northern Vietnam.HANOI, Vietnam – May 1, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The Yaly plant, which was inaugurated last weekend, will produce more than 10 percent of Vietnam’s annual electricity output and will help boost socio-economic development in the central region of the country, according to a report of the Vietnam News Agency on Monday. The construction of the 720 MW plant began on November 4, 1993 on the Se San River running through the country’s central provinces of Gia Lai and Kon Tum. The plant was designed to include four turbines to generate 3.68 billion kWh a year. With a total investment of 8.312 trillion Vietnamese dong (US$554 million), the plant has been built by Vietnamese companies with technical support from Russian and Ukrainian experts. The plant’s first turbine was made operational in May 2000 and all of its four turbines generated electricity into the country’s national grid at the end of last year.