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Turning on the power   2009-01-23 - VNS


VietNamNet Bridge - Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has urged the electricity sector to guarantee power supplies this year.

Hai was speaking during a visit to Hoa Binh Hydroelectric Co and Power Transmission Co No 1, an affiliate of Electricity of Viet Nam.

He praised the Hoa Binh company and asked it to keep up electricity supplies during the lunar New Year (Tet) festival.

He urged the electricity sector in general and the company in particular to keep production levels up and ensure that workers did not face too many impacts from the world economic decline.

Company director Nguyen Van Thanh said the company generated more than 10.1 billion kWh of electricity last year, surpassing its plan by 32.6 per cent.

At Power Transmission Company No.1, which supplies electricity to Ha Noi and northern provinces, Hai spoke highly of its efforts in promptly overcoming problems caused by floods last October to meet electricity demands in the capital.

Hai urged the national power-transmission corporation to build a development strategy to ensure electricity supplies.

EVN commits to supply

Electricity of Viet Nam (EVN) pledges to supply enough power during this Tet, said Ngo Son Hai, deputy director of EVN’s National Electricity Grid Monitoring Centre.

According to the centre’s plan, about 220 million kWh of electricity produced per day can meet people’s demand during the festive season.

In so doing, EVN mobilises utmost sources of coal and gas, making up 99 per cent sources of electricity production.

This Tet, about 4,000 households in the Central Highland provinces of Gia Lai, Kon Tum, Dak Lak and Dak Nong have electricity for the first time.

This follows the completion of an electricity project worth US$58.5 million with 52 transformer stations and hundreds of kilometres of electric wires.

However, according to Pham Le Thanh, general director of Electricity of Viet Nam in northern provinces, power shortages could occur during this year’s dry season from December to April. There is a risk of reduced power due to the limited carrying capacity of the north-south 500 kV line.

The line is always overloaded and some 110kV wires in Hung Yen, Bac Ninh and Bac Giang provinces are in the same situation, said Thanh.

While reservoirs in northern provinces are at high levels, they also have to supply water for agriculture.

According to Industry and Commercial Deputy Minister Do Huu Hao, it is necessary to have spare supplies of electricity equal to about 20-25 per cent of demand.

EVN, this year, should put electricity projects with a total capacity of 2,696MW in use, said Hao.

EVN is preparing plans to provide power during this year’s dry season to cope with shortages. These measures include negotiating to buy electricity from China and preparing turbine machine or petroleum-run machines.

This year, coupled with production of 58 billion kWh of electricity, 9.37 per cent higher than last year, EVN plans to buy nearly 25.6 billion kWh.


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