Power industry focuses on rural electrification

09:30 | 27/07/2018 Energy

(VEN) - In the decade since implementation of the Communist Party’s Resolution 7, Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) has brought power of increasingly improved quality to 99.98 percent of all communes and 98.83 percent of rural households throughout Vietnam, according to a group representative.

power industry focuses on rural electrification

High capital efficiency

Playing a leading role in ensuring national energy security, EVN has mobilized and efficiently used capital from different sources to develop power systems, contributing to meeting producers’ and residents’ electricity demand.

Specifically, EVN mobilized official development assistance capital worth almost US$2 billion from the World Bank (WB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the French Development Agency (AFD), the KfW (a German government-owned development bank), and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to develop, upgrade and expand electric grids in rural Vietnam, serving almost two million households.

EVN has efficiently used more than VND5.5 trillion from the state budget and enterprises to develop electricity supply projects for households in remote rural, border and struggling areas. These include Son La, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Bac Kan, Nghe An, Lang Son, Khanh Hoa, Tra Vinh, Soc Trang, Hau Giang, Ca Mau and Kien Giang provinces. It is transmitting electricity from national power grids to 369 communes and nearly 400,000 rural households.

EVN has also developed projects to supply power to island communes and districts, contributing to economic development, environmental protection, and security and sovereignty protection. The group has set up overhead and marine underground cable lines to Co To Island in Quang Ninh Province, Phu Quoc and Kien Hai island districts in Kien Giang Province, Ly Son Island (Quang Ngai Province), Cu Lao Cham island commune (Quang Nam Province), Lai Son, Hon Nghe, Son Hai and Hon Tre island communes (Kien Giang Province), Quan Lan, Minh Chau, Cai Chien, Ban Sen, Ngoc Vung, and Thang Loi in Quang Ninh Province, and Thanh An island commune in Ho Chi Minh City, at a total cost of more than VND6.1 trillion, supplying power to more than 140,000 island households.

Connection to rural low-voltage grids

EVN has also connected to rural low-voltage electricity networks to enable residents to buy safe power of stable quality at prices fixed by the government.

Specifically, as of the end of 2017, EVN hooked up low-voltage grids of almost 6,000 communes with more than 6.2 million households. It upgraded these grids at a total cost of about VND8 trillion.

Along with electricity management and sales on the mainland, EVN manages and sells power in 11 of the 12 island districts nationwide while ensuring round-the-clock stable supply of electricity to islanders. Since it first implemented power management and sales for island communes and districts, EVN has subsidized losses of almost VND1.5 trillion for these areas, allowing them to use on-site diesel power that costs considerably more than conventional power.

EVN has set a goal for all communes and most rural households to have access to electricity by 2020, and all

communes to satisfy electricity standard 4.

Dinh Dung