South Africa, which faces a severe electricity shortage, has dispatched a mission to Vietnam to gain knowledge about electricity administration, regulation, and development.
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Dang Hoang An, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, verified with VIR on June 23 that the primary focus of the discussion was to exchange expertise in terms of power administration, regulation, and development.
On the afternoon of June 22, South Africa's Minister of the Presidency for Electricity Kgosientsho Ramokgopa said that the country's power outages have been frequent and severe since the end of 2022. They continue to be complicated, occurring for approximately 10 hours per day.
President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa had to proclaim a state of national catastrophe in February due to power shortages.
In response to the present power scarcity, the South African Presidency for Electricity is concentrating on three primary objectives. The first is to consolidate and enhance the efficacy of existing energy sources. The second focus is to engage in the creation of renewable energy sources and examine their integration into the existing power grid. Finally, the aim is to boost investment in the renovation of the power grid and transmission systems.
Since the end of May, when heat caused the demand for electricity to skyrocket, Vietnam has essentially eliminated the electricity shortage in the North. The main issue was the mobilisation of hydroelectricity, one of the nation's two primary sources, which fell significantly. At the same time, some thermal power facilities experienced difficulties.
It is essential to closely monitor and respond quickly to transmission grid issues, and have a clear plan in the event of a power shortage, An noted.
The emphasis on the growth of renewable energy sources not only assures the nation's energy security, but also contributes to the control of greenhouse gas emissions. In its Power Development Plan VIII, Vietnam prioritises the development of renewable energy sources for electricity generation. By 2030, they will account for between 30.9 per cent and 39.2 per cent.
The appropriate application of the feed-in tariff (FiT) policy will create better conditions for investors to lower their production costs, according to the Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade.
However, An also cautioned that the application of the FiT pricing mechanism must be calculated with care. If applied uniformly to all projects, it could result in enormous expenditures, system congestion, impeded operations, and reduced efficiency.
South Africa is presently Vietnam's main trading partner and largest export market in Africa, according to data from the Ministry of Industry and Trade. In 2022, the total value of imports and exports exceeded nearly $1.28 billion, an increase of 0.4 per cent from 2021. Vietnam's exports reached $879 million and imports hit almost $400 million.
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