|Engineers repair the Nam Con Son Gas Pipeline. Electricity of Viet Nam are attempting to minimise a potential power shortage this month caused by the Nam Con Son Pipeline Company suspending gas supply to thermal electricity plants for nine days due to maintenance requirements. — VNA/VNS Photo Ha Thai
HA NOI (VNS)— Electricity of Viet Nam (EVN) is lifting efforts to minimise a potential power shortage this month due to a 9-day halt in gas supply at the Nam Con Son Gas Pipeline Company.
The director of the Ministry of Industry and Trade's Electricity Regulatory Authority of Viet Nam (ERAV), Dang Huy Cuong, said that if necessary, EVN would mobilise more expensive sources including oil and diesel fuel to meet energy demand.
According to the PetroVietnam Gas Corporation, Nam Con Son Pipeline Company suspended gas supply to thermal electricity plants Phu My 2 and Phu My 3 between September 7-16, for maintenance purposes.
It is estimated that around 358.6 million kWh could be generated with oil and diesel fuel, if needed.
EVN also plans to make use of hydro-power plants in the southern and central regions during the halt; additionally requesting hydro-power plants to store water reserves for the rest of this year.
By the end of September, water volume in reservoirs may be able to generate up to 9.707 trillion kWh, over 2.2 trillion kWh more than planned levels approved by the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
According to ERAV last month, average water volume at hydro-power plants' reservoirs across the country was relatively higher than that of previous years; with the exception of those in the central regions and Central Highland provinces.
In the last eight months, 25 power generation projects were built and a further 16 power transmission projects began construction, with investment for the projects being said to have exceeded VND56.8 trillion ($2.7 billion).
Last month, the first turbine - Hai Phong 2 Thermal Electricity Plant - was also connected to the national grid.
By this month, EVN will have achieved its plan for the year with six turbines commencing operations, including Nghi Son 1 Thermal Electricity Plan, Ban Chat Hydro power Plan, Quang Ninh 2 Thermal Electricity Plan and Hai Phong 2 Thermal Electricity Plan. — VNS