HA NOI – The national power system is capable of supplying enough electricity for socio-economic development and public consumption in the dry season from March to June this year, says the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
The ministry made the statement after checking measures proposed by its Electricity Regulatory Authority and Electricity of Viet Nam (EVN) to ensure electricity demand was met during the dry season, during periods of peak demand.
Deputy Minister Hoang Quoc Vuong asked EVN to keep reservoir levels as high as possible before June, especially in central Viet Nam, as they would be used to generate electricity till the end of the dry season.
The ministry also asked the EVN to work with Viet Nam Oil and Gas Group (PVN )and the Viet Nam National Coal and Mineral Industries Group (Vinacomin) to plan repairs and maintenance to ensure generators were available in the dry season when needed.
The EVN has also been urged to examine all investment activities for the national power grid and to sign a power purchase agreement with Nhon Trach 2 Thermal Power Plant.
Raising public awareness of the need to save power was also urged.
The ministry asked PVN to instruct PV Gas to ensure a high gas exploitation output of Nam Con Son Basin to provide for its gas turbine plants from March till June. PVN and EVN should have alternative plans to use oil to power turbines during a gas shortage.
Deputy Minister Vuong also asked Vinacomin to guarantee coal supply for coal thermo-electricity plants in the north.
EVN estimated the national power system load could reach 320 million kWh/day in March. EVN would continue to regulate hydroelectricity plants to ensure power supply for the dry season while fully tapping coal thermoelectricity sources and gas turbines.
EVN said that over the next five years, power demand was set to rise by 15 per cent annually, with coal taking over from hydropower as the leading generation fuel.
Power demand had outpaced supply by about 3 per cent in the past five years, and consumption was expected to double to 175 billion kWh in 2015, from 98 billion kWh in 2011, and then taper off to 11.15 per cent growth per year from 2016 to 2020 and 7.4- 8.4 per cent per year from 2021 to 2030.—VNS.