Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) is expediting the construction of major power projects to meet the demand for electricity during the second quarter, which is expected to rise a maximum of 10.4 percent against the same period last year.

The key projects are 500kV transmission lines such as Quang Ninh-Mong Duong, Quang Ninh-Hiep Hoa, Phu Lam-O Mon, and Pleiku-My Phuoc-Cau Bong, the 500kV Cau Bong transmission station and other 200kV power plants.

According to the group, the national grid is able to generate an additional 400 million kWh per day in April. It requires local power companies to ensure the supply of safe electricity, especially in the country’s key economic hubs, as well as continue to maintain power-saving solutions.

National power consumption reached over 32 billion kWh in the first three months of this year, a year-on-year rise of 6.85 percent.

Despite the severe drought in the central region and the Central Highlands province of Thai Nguyen, EVN still makes use of hydropower plants there to ensure water demands for agricultural production.

The target of the national grid this month is to continue to make full use of coal-fired thermal electricity and gas-run turbine sources, as well as purchase power from China at a reasonable price, altogether catering for the daily needs of local residents.-VNA