Efforts under way to ensure power supply for the south

10:17 | 27/05/2019 Industry

(VEN) - Due to a power source imbalance, the southern region of Vietnam will be at risk of power shortages, which Vietnam Electricity (EVN) is seeking to overcome.  

efforts under way to ensure power supply for the south

Demand growth

Southern cities and provinces such as Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Dong Nai and Long An remain magnets for foreign direct investment (FDI) projects, resulting in large demand for power. The impact of climate change, which has caused extreme weather and prolonged drought, has also created power demand. However, due to a power source imbalance, the south usually receives power from the north via the 500 kV north-south transmission line.

In the first quarter of the year, commercial power output of the Southern Power Corporation under EVN (EVN SPC) reached about 16 billion kWh, an increase of 10 percent compared to a year ago. EVN SPC is forecasting that the largest consumption capacity in 2019 will reach about 11,550MW, an increase of 11 percent compared to 2018. Commercial power output of the Ho Chi Minh City Power Corporation (EVN HCMC) in 2019 is expected to reach 26.8 billion kWh, an increase of 6.41 percent compared to a year ago, while the largest consumption capacity is forecast to stand at 4,408MW, up 6.57 percent compared to 2018.

Accelerating progress

To ensure sufficient power supply for southern cities and provinces, EVN has directed member units to focus on developing power sources. During the 2016-2018 period, EVN put into operation some generation units with total capacity of 4,575MW and completed 149 500/220kV and 634 110kV grid projects.

In 2019, EVN strives to complete and put into operation five turbines at the expanded Duyen Hai 3 Thermal Power Plant (660MW), the expanded Vinh Tan 4 Thermal Power Plant (600MW), the expanded Da Nhim Hydropower Plant (80MW), and the Thuong Kon Tum Hydropower Plant (2x110MW). In addition, 232 500/220/110kV grid projects will be completed and put into operation, and construction of 231 500/220/110kV grid projects will begin.

EVN has also directed EVN SPC and EVN HCMC to focus on completing key projects and developing their distribution networks to ensure power supply for the region.

EVN Chairman Duong Quang Thanh said member units must further enhance management capacity, take resolute measures against construction contractors when their projects fall behind schedule, and promote cooperation with localities to resolve difficulties in site clearance.

EVN’s member units need drastic solutions to complete the development plan during the 2016-2020 period under the prime minister’s direction in order to contribute to the country’s socioeconomic development.