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Hanoi (VNA) – The Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) will put into operation several key electricity generation projects in the second quarter 2017 to ensure power supply.

The first turbine of the Thai Binh thermo power plant will be launched in May.

The EVN has also completed the Thac Mo hydropower plant expansion project, which will begin generating electricity in July 2017.

The work on Quang Trach I thermal plant is expected to start in December while construction of the Vinh Tan 4, Vinh Tan 4 expanded, Duyen Hai 3 and Duyen Hai 3 expanded projects will be kept on schedule.

In addition, the EVN will focus on urgent projects to provide electricity for the south and the capital of Hanoi, along with launching construction of the 500kV power line Vung Ang – Doc Soi – Pleiku 2 in September.

Constructions of 26 new power lines have been launched, with four 500-220kV lines and 22 lines of 110kV.

The EVN is also taking measures to protect the environment and use sustainable environment solutions for coal-fired power plants.

According to the group, the demand for electricity in the second quarter of this year will increase by 12 percent as the peak of the dry season comes. The power load can reach 600 million kWh per day, while the biggest capacity of the whole system can be 31,800 MW.

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