Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has asked the Ho Chi Minh City Power Corporation (EVN HCMC) to improve the quality of power supply and build a modern and stable power grid for the local economic development.

At the same time, the group needs to restructure businesses and enhance competitiveness in the region, the official said at a ceremony in the city on December 18 during which he presented the first-class Independence Order to the company.

The high demand for electricity is putting the electricity sector under pressure, especially when many national-scale projects on building transport infrastructure and factories at industrial parks will be implemented in the coming time, he said.

According to the company’s Chairman and Director General Le Van Phuoc, EVN HCMC, as one of the three leading electricity suppliers in the country, has ensured sufficient supplies for local development, contributing to the city’s annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 9.8 percent in 2009-2013.
With an annual commercial electricity growth of 6.8 percent, the company has supplied a total of 77.5 billion kWh in the period. It also targets 23 billion kWh of commercial electricity in 2015.

Phuoc vowed that his company will do its utmost to ensure the sufficient and stable power supplies serving the city’s socio-economic development, economic structure transfer and growth model renovation.-VNA