Wednesday , May 29 2024

PM calls for efforts to ensure power supply


Workers of Việt Nam Electricity check the substation in Điện Biên Province. Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính has asked for drastic efforts to speed up the implementation of key and pressing power projects to ensure an adequate supply of power. — VNA/VNS Photo Xuân Tư

HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính has called for drastic efforts to speed up the implementation of key and pressing power projects to ensure an adequate supply of power in 2024 and the following years.

Of note, the three-circuit 500-kW transmission line from Quảng Trạch in the central province of Quảng Bình to Phố Nối in the northern province of Hưng Yên, must be completed and put into full operation in June 2024 to transmit electricity to the northern region.

While the transmission line has yet to be completed, the Ministry of Industry and Trade must keep a close watch on the power demand and power supply to raise measures to ensure enough power, especially for the Northern region.

“No electricity shortages are allowed to happen and affect production, business and people’s lives,” the PM asked.

The PM also asked for a focus on completing the mechanism and policies for direct purchase between renewable energy producers and large customers together with a mechanism to encourage rooftop solar, which must be submitted for consideration before the end of this month.

Việt Nam Electricity (EVN) must speed up the construction of power generation and grid projects while developing appropriate electricity system operation plans to ensure adequate supply. The PM required EVN to be more proactive in buying and selling electricity, especially renewable energy, in accordance with market rules and the spirit of harmonised benefits and shared risks.

In addition, EVN must enhance cooperation with Việt Nam National Coal – Mineral Industries Holding Corporation Limited and Việt Nam Oil and Gas Group (PVN) to enhance cooperation to ensure the supply of coal and gas for electricity generation.

In late May and early June, the northern region faced power outages, which significantly affected production and business and undermined investors’ confidence.

Việt Nam is facing the risk of electricity shortages not only in the short term of 2024-25 but also in the medium (2025-30) and long term (2030-50), according to a report of the National Assembly Standing Committee’s supervision group.

EVN forecast that the electricity demand would increase by an average 9 per cent per year, meaning that the production capacity must increase by 4,000 – 4,500MW. Meanwhile, new power sources expected to be put into operation in 2024 is only at 1,950MW and 3,770MW in 2023, mostly in the central and southern regions.

With the power demand growing by around 10 per cent per year, the northern region encounters a high risk of electricity shortage, especially in the summer months of 2024.

With regard to electricity supply for 2024, Đặng Hoàng An, EVN’s chairman, said that the group is preparing for the economic growth scenario of 6-6.5 per cent, meaning a growth of 9.4-9.8 per cent in electricity demand.

EVN also develops scenarios to cope with the last three months of the dry seasons to avoid shortages as what had happened in 2023, he said.

Regarding the 500-kV transmission line, An said that the progress is being accelerated with 219 bidding packages completed within four months which will be implemented from early January 2024.

Recently, EVN has proposed to import wind power from Laos to reduce the risk of power shortage for the northern region. — VNS


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