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Hanoi (VNA) – Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) will make full use of its coal and gas power plants in July to meet the maximum load capacity of the national power system, which is estimated at 28,690 MW.

The group will increase the utilisation of hydropower reservoirs in the basin of the Red River and Dong Nai River as well as coal- and gas-fired thermal power plants in the central and southern regions.

Flood season in the north and central region this month could affect electricity generation, transmission and distribution. Therefore, the EVN has directed all units to employ measures to ensure safe and sufficient power for locals and facilities, while preparing staff to quickly address incidents caused by natural disasters.

The power grid management agencies will also tighten inspection to detect landslide-prone areas.

Betweeen January-June, the EVN coordinated with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Water Resource Directorate and localities to operate hydropower reservoirs to ensure water for agricultural production and drive back saltwater in the Central Highlands and central regions, which have been affected by serious and prolonged drought.

EVN produced and bought 84.75 billion kWh of electricity in the period, a year-on-year rise of 10.75 percent. As much as 28.3 percent of electricity came from hydropower plants, 29.36 percent from gas-fired turbine plants, and 39.87 percent from coal-fired thermal power plants.

Commercial power output reached 76.44 billion kWh, a yearly increase of 11.73 percent.-VNA