Prime Minister seeks electricity supply guarantees

June 07, 2023 | 16:58
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Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has requested that the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) conduct a thorough examination and assessment of the electricity supply situation by June 10. The PM believes it is particularly necessary to evaluate emerging factors to improve the efficacy and productivity of Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) and to devise proactive and expeditious response scenarios.
Prime Minister seeks electricity supply guarantees

The continuing intense heat and effects of El Niño have increased the demand for electricity in many parts of the country. Due to a dearth of precipitation in the north, water levels in hydropower reservoirs are unusually low, which has had a significant impact on electricity supply.

The MoIT is to implement the PM's directive to increase electricity conservation over the 2023–2025 period and subsequent years by concentrating on practical and effective solutions. These are to be to submitted to the PM for approval by June 8.

For wind and solar power projects that have been constructed but do not yet satisfy the requirement for employing the feed-in tariff mechanism, it will be necessary to study and advise their handling according to the level of competence in which they are run.

It will also be necessary to evaluate the legal framework governing electricity to provide guidance for investment in the power grid. The promotion of public-private partnerships is seen as essential by the PM for the implementation of Power Development Plan 8.

To ensure the availability of raw materials for power production, the PM has tasked the MoIT with evaluating the administration of EVN's National Load Dispatch Centre.

The Commission for the Management of State Capital at Enterprises has been tasked with directing EVN, PetroVietnam and Vietnam National Coal and Mineral Industries Group (Vinacomin) to work together to implement viable solutions to secure electricity supply. This group is tasked with effectively mobilising all available resources and implementing synchronous and efficient solutions to achieve this goal.

EVN is also in charge of troubleshooting power plants, particularly those in the north, to ensure their smooth operation, with a strong emphasis on implementing solutions that increase electricity savings.

At the request of EVN, other corporations, including Vinacomin and PetroVietnam, are required to ensure a sufficient supply of coal and gas to power plants, closely coordinate on a reliable and dependable electricity supply, and resolve any and all problems at power plants under their jurisdiction swiftly.

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Vietnam intends to boost its imports of electricity from Laos and China in order to avoid an electricity shortfall this summer.

People, enterprises save electricity in prolonged hot weather People, enterprises save electricity in prolonged hot weather

Nguyen Thi Hoa, who lives in Tay Ho district in Hanoi, has actively reduced her electricity usage over the past two months.

EVN strives to ensure stable electricity supply for the north EVN strives to ensure stable electricity supply for the north

The North-South 500kV transmission line plays an important role in ensuring electricity for the northern region as the power supply is limited, the water falling into the hydropower reservoirs is exhausted, much of the lake water evaporates, and the electricity demand in the hot season skyrockets.

By Angela Nguyen

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