The demand for electricity in the second quarter of this year will increase by 12 percent as the peak of the dry season comes (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The demand for electricity in the second quarter of this year will increase by 12 percent as the peak of the dry season comes.

According to the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN), the power load can reach 600 million kWh per day, while the biggest capacity of the whole system can be 31,800 MW.

To meet the demand, EVN will continue tapping coal and gas turbine sources, while using reservoirs reasonably to ensure enough water for lowlands and stably run coal turbines, including the Vinh Tan 2, and Duyen Hai 1, 3 thermoelectric plants.

If necessary, the group will operate oil turbines to ensure supply. It will propose the Ministry of Industry and Trade assign the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PVN) and related units to ensure enough gas for power generation during the dry season.

The group will also request the National Power Transmission Corporation to ensure safe operation to serve continuous transmission, especially the 500kV North-South transmission line.

It is also necessary to raise public awareness of saving energy when the heat occurs in the three regions, especially in central and southern localities.

In the first quarter, the total produced and imported electricity output was 44 billion kWh, up 7.7 percent year-on-year. The biggest capacity of the whole system reached 27,066 MW, up 10.6 percent from the same period last year.-VNA