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Vietnam state utility EVN to borrow thousands of diesel generators to fight power shortage

Vietnam state utility EVN to borrow thousands of diesel generators to fight power shortage

Tuesday, April 23, 2024, 16:22 GMT+7
Vietnam state utility EVN to borrow thousands of diesel generators to fight power shortage
EVN is preparing several solutions to a potential shortage of power in Vietnam. Photo: EVN

Vietnam's state utility EVN aims to borrow thousands of diesel generators from its customers in order to avoid a rotational power cut plan amid the surging demand for electricity.

Borrowing these generators is one of the firm’s solutions to a potential dearth of power in Vietnam.

In the first three months, the total volume of power produced and imported amounted to nearly 70 billion kWh, 1.35 billion kWh higher than the firm’s plan, and up 10.4 percent year on year, according to EVN.

To meet the demand for electricity, the firm made the best use of gas- and coal-fired power that exceeded 1.98 billion kWh of the plan.

Meanwhile, hydropower reservoirs generated 11.3 billion kWh of electricity during the three-month period.

As temperatures are soaring to as high as 39 degrees Celsius in many parts of Vietnam, EVN is preparing many solutions for preventing a shortage of power, especially during the dry season.

Among these solutions are borrowing generators from customers, enhancing power transmission, and regulating water at hydropower reservoirs, as well as ensuring the supply of coal and liquefied natural gas.

EVN said that the northern region has over 2,700 spare diesel generators with a total capacity of over 3,060 MVA of electricity.

Besides, EVN had previously negotiated with China to raise its import of power to 1.8 billion kWh, climbing some 700 million kWh against the plan.

The state utility will also increase the purchase of electricity from Laos to meet the needs of Vietnamese people.

In addition, EVN is speeding up work on the Ialy hydropower plant expansion project in late 2024, and will complete the Hoa Binh hydropower facility project in 2025.

The firm will finish the construction of the Quang Trach thermal power plant in 2026, and is set to break ground for several hydropower plant expansion projects at the end of the year. 

Furthermore, EVN will step up efforts to complete the installation of power transmission lines nationwide.

Many cities and provinces in the central and southern regions are experiencing baking hot weather, with the highest temperature reaching 39 degrees Celsius on Monday, according to the national weather center.

Searing heat is pushing up demand for air conditioning and electric fans, resulting in an upsurge in power consumption in many localities nationwide.

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Tieu Bac - Ngoc An / Tuoi Tre News


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