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Energy supply must be ensured for national growth: PM Dung

Update: January, 20/2016 - 08:36
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung affirmed efforts to continue implementing strict guidelines on nuclear power, approved by the Party Central Committee and the National Assembly, in line with the law. — Illustrative Image/ Photo vietq.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung stressed the need to ensure power and coal supply in the decades to come in service of national growth and development.

The leader was speaking at a meeting of Government standing members in Ha Noi yesterday, to scrutinise a project adjusting the National Power Development Plan for 2011-20 with a vision towards 2030, and another adjusting the Viet Nam Coal Industry Development Planning to 2020 with a vision towards 2030.

He said the adjustment and supplement of the power and coal plans for 2016-2020, looking towards 2030, is necessary and urgent in order to fulfill new requirements of socio-economic development, as well as for industrialisation and modernisation.

The PM asked the Ministry of Industry and Trade to complete the two projects on the basis of opinions raised at the meeting and feedback from ministries and agencies, and then present them to the Government for approval.

The projects should be implemented early this year, he said, highlighting the efficient, economic and safe use of the energies, in tandem with sustainable growth and environmental protection, especially the close-control of coal-fired power plants.

Another important task was to actively fulfill international commitments on gas emission reduction and renewable electricity development, Dung noted.

The leader also affirmed efforts to continue implementing strict guidelines on nuclear power, approved by the Party Central Committee and the National Assembly, in line with the law.

The coal and electricity sectors were requested to pursue the open market mechanism, as they should be gearing towards a higher competitive edge – without monopoly or subsidy of price.

They should increase the application of scientific and technological advances to raise productivity and cut prices, the PM said. He called on State-owned enterprises active in energy to better perform their key role in this field, while drastically speeding up the restructuring process.

At the meeting, the Deputy PMs and leaders of ministries and agencies discussed the implementation of the two plans and updated forecasts on national socio-economic development for 2016-2020 with a vision towards 2030, as well as the country's power and coal demands in the time ahead. — VNS

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