10:12 | 20/12/2015 Industry
(VEN) - 2016 has been forecasted as a difficult year for power trading and production activities. Therefore, the Vietnam Electricity (EVN) has developed plans to ensure power supply for the whole year.
Power supply for the south will face difficulties in 2016
The EVN has drafted three plans to balance power supply and demand for 2016 which have been submitted to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
According to Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Hoang Quoc Vuong, total power output has met domestic demand. By the end of this year, this figure is expected to reach more than 164.1 billion kWh, an increase of 12.75 percent compared to 2014 and 3.1 billion kWh compared to the yearly plan approved by the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
Regarding the EVN’s report, around 3,893MW would be added to the national grid in 2016, including 2,081MW from hydropower and 1,380MW from thermal power.
Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Hoang Quoc Vuong said that the national grid would meet maximum capacity of power load in 2016 following the EVN’s report with annual minimum standby capacity of from 4,900MW to 5,500MW.
Monthly standby capacity in the north and the central remains huge, while the south has and will continue to face power shortages.
EVN Deputy General Director Ngo Son Hai said that power supply for the north and the central region in 2016 would be guaranteed. However, power supply for the south will face difficulties as power sources remain few and some hydroelectric reservoirs in the Central Highlands and the south may face a lack of water.
To stabilize power supply in 2016, the EVN is focusing on repairing and maintaining turbines in hydropower and thermal power plants and reserving water for hydroelectric reservoirs.
The EVN is also asking the Ministry of Industry and Trade to direct the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group to ensure gas supply for the southeastern region, shorten the time for repairs and maintenance of gas pipelines and guarantee stable operations of turbines in the Ca Mau 1 and 2, Nhon Trach 1 and 2 and Vung Ang 1 power plants.
Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Hoang Quoc Vuong said that the Ministry of Industry and Trade has directed the EVN to develop power supply plans and its operations since September 2015. These plans are expected to be approved by the end of November.