The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has projected that the country’s total power demand in the peak dry month of April would increase nearly 12 percent over the same period last year, exceeding 11 billion kWh.

The MoIT has also affirmed that the national power system will meet April’s demand.

According to the Electricity Vietnam Corporation (EVN), three new turbines in Khe Bo, Hua Na and Nam Chien hydropower plants with a total capacity of 240MW will become operational in late April.

It, however, raised difficulties in power supply in the coming months in southern areas, where scorching heat is taking water of reservoirs in service of hydropower plants.

In the first quarter of this year, the country’s total commercial power was nearly 25.9 billion kWh, a year-on-year rise of 10.81.

The total generated and imported power was 30 billion kWh, an increase of 10.45 percent, said EVN.

It called for everyone, especially those in the south, to use energy efficiency devices and apply measures to save power in the wake of drought-driven water shortages for power generation in some localities.-VNA