|Workers of Soc Trang Power Company install an electricity pilon for ethnic Khmer households in Dai An 2 Commune, Tran De District in Soc Trang Province. The province is one of many in the South expected to see a boost in power supplies, which have been driven by regional growth. — VNA/VNS Photo Ngoc Ha
HA NOI (VNS) — Projects to boost power supplies to southern provinces have accelerated, an Electricity of Viet Nam (EVN) statement has said.
The company forecast power sales would continue to dramatically increase along with growth in the region.
According to EVN, the country's power system has a total capacity of 34,000MW while demand is only 26,000MW.
It said that although national power supplies were sufficient at present, economic growth in the South had been strong, therefore, building more power plants was essential.
At present, EVN is spending more than US$5 billion on completing the 4.308MW-Duyen Hai Power Centre consisting of three thermal-power plants in Tra Vinh Province.
Dang Phan Tuong from the National Power Transmission Corporation (NPT) told Tin Tuc (News) newspaper that since 2012, the corporation had implemented several measures and carried out a series of major projects to ensure power demands for the region were met.
Last year, the NPT opened 14 plants to stabilise electricity for the southern region, including HCM City.
The region's power consumption, about 20 per cent of the national total, was transmitted from the northern and central regions, Tuong said.
For the last three years, the NPT has increased power-transmission from the north and centre to the south - from 2.600MW to 3.100 MW.
"Power plants at the Duyen Hai coastal power centre will this year put into operation two generators with a total capacity of 1,245 MW and another next year. And by the year 2017, all other generators will be operational", he said.
"So this year, the NPT has to complete four major projects with a total investment capital of more than VND7.2 trillion (US$340 million), including building 226km of 500kV line and 95km of 220kV line across the provinces of Tra Vinh, Vinh Long, Tien Giang and Ben Tre.
Ngo Van Cuong, deputy general director of VNECO Company, the contractor building the Duyen Hai 500kV transmission station, said work would be completed at the end of March.
The management board of the southern power projects said that to receive power from Duyen Hai Plant No.2, the contractor must complete the Ben Tre-Mo Cay 220kV, the Duyen Hai-Mo Cay 220kV line, and Duyen Hai 500kV transmission station and 500kV line of Duyen Hai-My Tho Thermo Plant, in the second, third and fourth quarters of this year.
At the end of January, the Duyen Hai Power Plant No.1 generator with a capacity of 622.5 MW was integrated into the national electricity grid as a trial.
The generator will officially be put into the operation in July this year. — VNS