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Heatwave results in Vietnam’s new record power consumption

Heatwave results in Vietnam’s new record power consumption

Tuesday, April 30, 2024, 22:01 GMT+7
Heatwave results in Vietnam’s new record power consumption
An engineer of Hanoi Power Corporation checks the power grid. Photo: EVN

Scorching hot weather patterns have sent electricity consumption in Vietnam to a new record, according to state utility Vietnam Electricity (EVN).

The National Load Dispatch Center revealed that power consumption nationwide hit 993 million kilowatt-hours on Friday last week.

The maximum power of the national electricity system skyrocketed to an all-time high of 47,670 megawatts at 1:30 pm on Saturday last week.

As the northern region is experiencing the first heatwave this year, the power consumption increased, but has yet to break the record.

Some areas in Vietnam are experiencing scorching temperatures reaching up to 40 degrees Celsius, with specific locales registering even higher readings.

On Saturday last week alone, the region used 457.4 million kilowatt-hours, Thanh Nien (Young people) newspaper reported.

However, the volume of consumed power in the region may rise further this summer.

EVN announced that it has revised the power supply plan for this year to guarantee adequate supply during the dry season from April to July.

The group plans to mobilize power resources, transmit electricity from the central region to the north, and maintain reservoir water levels at a high capacity to ensure uninterrupted power supply throughout the dry season.

EVN will focus on investing in power resources and grid expansion, including the expanded Ialy hydropower project in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai, the expanded Hoa Binh hydropower project in the namesake northern province, the Quang Trach 1 thermal power project in Quang Binh Province in north-central Vietnam, and the expanded Tri An hydropower project in Dong Nai Province in the south.

The group will mobilize resources to develop a 500kV power transmission line from Quang Binh Province to northern Hung Yen Province, and complete power grids to enhance power imports from Laos.

EVN also called on customers to use electricity sparingly, especially between 7:00 pm and 11:00 pm.

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Thanh Ha - Ngoc An / Tuoi Tre News


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