SMEC has operated in Vietnam since 1970. SMEC's first project in Vietnam was the Tam Phuong Water Control Project. The aim of the project was to improve drainage and salinity control in an area of 6,000ha in a tract of fertile land. After improvements the project area was able to produce two crops per year.
SMEC opened its first permanent office in Vietnam in Hanoi in 1994 and its second office in Ho Chi Minh City in 2008. Since then, SMEC has provided technical services for the 1,110m My Thuan Bridge which links Vietnam and Cambodia, has been involved in road network improvement projects and a variety of hydropower projects including Son La and Dong Nai.
With experience in both the Transport and Water sectors in Vietnam, SMEC has recently provided project management and construction supervision for the Son La Hydropower project. The project incorporates a 115m high roller compacted concrete gravity dam, a radial gated spillway section and bottom outlets, an intake structure, penstocks and a powerhouse. Upon completion, the facility will have an installed capacity of 2,400MW that will generate 8,963GWh per annum and increase the annual energy output of the existing downstream Hoa Binh hydropower station by 1,264GWh.
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