EVN workers inspect power safety (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh has urged the General Directorate of Energy to swiftly outline measures to save energy in line with the Law on Using Energy Economically and Effectively and the Government’s guidelines.

Speaking at a teleconference among Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City on May 6, the minister underlined the necessity to promote administrative reform in the field, aiming to facilitate businesses’ production and business activities.

Regarding rural electricity projects, the minister required the General Directorate of Energy to direct the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) to work with sponsors as early as possible, aiming to build capital plans for the projects.

EVN needs to inspect the implementation of key power projects and plants, before rolling out electricity supply plans in the dry season this year and in following years, he stressed.

Special attention should be paid to ensuring the strict implementation of the State’s policies and law on environmental protection in developing projects, he added.

He also admitted his responsibility related to the recent damage to power poles along the 500KW transmission line in the northern province of Bac Giang, saying that a working group was formed to inspect and assess the incident, thus giving solutions to the problem.

The minister requested relevant agencies to examine the safety on the whole line, especially in analysing the effect of El Nino and other natural impacts on the case.

According to EVN General Director Dang Hoang An, power production continues stable growth and the national power system is being operated safely, supplying enough electricity for socio-economic activities and daily use in localities nationwide.

EVN reported that around 53.1 billion kWh of electricity was generated in the first four month of this year, representing a year-on-year increase of 12.1 percent.

In April alone, the national power system produced 14.5 billion kWh, including 13.6 billion kWh of commercial power, up 12.1 percent and 13.4 percent, respectively, against the same period last year.-VNA