The Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) is taking all possible measures to
ensure a stable power supply for the south with the dry season in the
region climbing to its peak.
EVN Southern Power
Company (SPC) Deputy General Director Pham Ngoc Le pointed out that
only two turbines of the Vinh Tan No. 2 thermal power plant will become
operational in the south this year, with a total capacity of 1,200 MW.
Meanwhile, power grids in regional provinces such as
Binh Duong, Binh Thuan, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Dong Nai and Long An are
overloaded while the construction of some 220kV substations and lines is
lagging behind schedule.
The EVN said to satisfy
the south’s power demand in 2014, particularly during the dry season
peak in April and May, the group will quicken work on such major thermal
power plants as Duyen Hai 1, Duyen Hai 3, Vinh Tan 2 and Vinh Tan 4.
It has also assigned the Southern Grid Company to
overhaul the 110kV grid’s operation, and told other subsidiaries to
check electricity demand and prioritise anti-drought and disease
prevention activities along with political and social events.
They have also been asked to make full use of small-scaled hydropower
plants in southern Binh Phuoc, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Soc Trang and Tay Ninh
provinces and the neighbouring central and Central Highlands localities
of Ninh Thuan and Lam Dong.
Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has ordered the power sector to swiftly
complete north-south transmission lines. Those linking Pleiku, My Phuoc
and Cau Bong and Vinh Tan, Song May and Tan Dinh are of particular
importance to tackle the power problem.-VNA