A worker repairs electricity facilities (Photo: VNA)

The Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) and the Vietnam Coal and Mineral Industries Group (Vinacomin) have assured electricity prices will remain unchanged until the end of the year.

The commitment was made following public concern about the possible electricity price hike after these groups reported a loss caused by fluctuations in foreign exchange rates.

Earlier this month, three large conglomerates of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, including EVN, Vinacomin and the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PVN) reported losses of trillions of VND as a result of changes in foreign exchange rates.

EVN reported losses of around 12 trillion VND (53.2 million USD) while Vinacomin reported losses of around 1.6 trillion VND (71 million USD).

These groups said they had borrowed large amounts of foreign exchange to invest in big projects.

EVN supplies 50 percent of total power required in the country while Vinacomin was the third largest power supplier in Vietnam, accounting for six percent of total output.

However, Deputy Director General of EVN Dinh Quang Tri told Vietnam Television (VTV) on September 15 that the electricity price would be kept unchanged from now until the end of the year.

The group earlier proposed that the Government put in place measures such as tax reductions and relaxations to support businesses, as well as policies to help them tackle the problems arising out of foreign exchange fluctuations.-VNA