HANOI, Vietnam (AP) _ Westinghouse Electric Corp. representatives met with about 50 Vietnamese government officials and engineers on Monday in an effort to sell power generation equipment to Vietnam.

Vietnam's power generating capacity - currently 3,400 megawatts a year - is expected to rise by at least 10 percent a year over the next decade, said Patrick Looram, a director at Technomic Consultants International, which helped organize the meeting.

Westinghouse is looking to build natural-gas powered plants in the southern part of the country, where large offshore fields have been discovered, Looram said.

The Pittsburgh-based company also hopes to build distribution networks and modernize Russian-built plants like it has in Poland and China, he said.