Thai Binh Thermo-power Plant (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung asked for sufficient electricity for development and daily life by any means when chairing a conference on coal supply for power production in Hanoi on December 12.

Dung witnessed the signing of a contract on long-term coal supply for power generation at Thai Binh Thermo-power Plant between the Vietnam National Coal, Mineral Industries Holding Corporation Limited (Vinacomin) and the Vietnam Electricity (EVN).

On behalf of the Government, the Deputy PM appreciated efforts made by the two corporations to take the initiative in seeking long-term cooperation to ensure enough electricity to serve people’s demand and production development.

He noted that in Vietnam, hydro-power and thermo-power are the two main sources of electricity, with hydro-power meeting only 30 percent of demand.

Therefore, the demand for thermo-power, especially thermo-power using coal, remains huge, Dung stated, stressing the need to develop thermal power with modern and environmentally-friendly technologies.

To provide enough coal for thermal power plants, the Deputy PM urged the Ministry of Industry and Trade to soon approve a plan on coal supply for coal-fired thermal power plants, and map out a master plan on the demand for coal.

The ministry was also requested to work with the Ministry of Science and Technology and EVN to consider the use of coal blended between domestic and imported coal.

Dung also urged Vinacomin and Dong Bac Corporation to soon sign contracts with EVN and other coal consuming partners on coal trading for 2019.

According to EVN statistics, total electricity output will reach 232.5 billion kWh in 2019, half of which will be generated by coal-fired thermal power plants.-VNA