EVN targets full power utilization in central region this summer

06:00 | 15/04/2020 Industry

(VEN) - Electricity of Vietnam (EVN), the state-owned electricity utility and the sole buyer of electricity generated from renewable sources, said it is accelerating the progress of grid projects and utilization of power capacity from renewable energy resources. Its aim is to fully exploit all power plant capacity in the country’s central region by June 2020.

evn targets full power utilization in central region this summer
Construction site of the Dohwa renewable energy power complex in Quang Binh Province’s Le Thuy District

Investment efforts

The EVN reported that in 2018 it proposed to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) and the prime minister a plan of 15 220-500kV grid projects in Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan provinces. After approval, EVN assigned the National Power Transmission Corporation (EVNNPT) and the Southern Power Corporation (EVNSPC) to coordinate with relevant ministries, agencies and provincial people’s committees to carry out the projects promptly and put them into operation in accordance with plans.

The EVNNPT completed ahead of schedule several projects, including the installations of Ham Tan transformer substations, the 110kV Phan Thiet-Phan Ri-Luong Son transmission line project; and the 110kV Thap Cham-Ninh Phuoc-Tuy Phong-Phan Ri line, helping EVN ensure power transmission capacity and making maximum use of power generation from renewable energy resources.

To release full capacity of the newly-added power projects, EVN has submitted Document 95/EVN-KH dated January 7, 2020 to the MoIT and reported it to the prime minister for adjustments of urgent grid transmission works.

At a recent meeting of the National Steering Committee on Electricity Planning, EVN Deputy General Director Nguyen Tai Anh said EVN and its units are currently making efforts to invest in power grid projects to ensure full utilization of solar power projects that were operational by June 30, 2019.

EVN has directed its units to focus on increasing the capacity of the 500kV Vinh Tan and Di Linh substations; the 220kV Phan Ri and Ninh Phuoc substations, the 220kV Nha Trang-Thap Cham transmission line; and the 110kV Thap Cham-Ninh Phuoc transmission line circuit 2 with a target of fully utilizing all operating power plants by June 2020.

Site clearance, compensation bottlenecks

Despite the positive results, Nguyen Thai Son, Chief of the Steering Committee’s Office said grid projects in general and those serving use of renewable energy resources are still facing difficulties, such as site clearance and compensation, which might affect their progress.

Specifically, compensation unit prices are still inadequate, especially for areas spanning several provinces. Land management in some localities remains limited causing lengthy disputes and complaints; and procedures relating to conversion of forest land use are complicated and time consuming.

Also at the meeting, EVN asked the government to direct the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, related agencies and local authorities to remove difficulties, obstacles and simplify administrative procedures concerning land clearance and compensation, especially those related to conversion of forest land use to implement power projects; and issue instructions to strengthen state management of compensation and site clearance for power projects.

Until February 2020, the country had 100 operational renewable energy projects (including 91 solar and nine wind

power projects) with total capacity of 5,120MW. EVN is making efforts to fully utilize capacity of solar power projects

operating prior to June 30, 2019.

Vu Son