Southern region faces power shortage

The already strained electricity supply might face a shortage of 9.18 billion kWh in the southern provinces during the dry season this year.

The HCMC Power Corporation has implemented several measures to conserve electricity (Photo: SGGP)

According to Vietnam Electricity (EVN), total power output consumed in March might reach 355 million kWh a day and will continue to rise in April, May and June, which is the peak dry season.

At present, the water level in most hydropower reservoirs is lower than normal, especially in the central and central highland regions.

In the southern region, water accumulation at the Dong Nai 2 Hydropower Plant in the first quarter will cause a drop of 200 million kWh at the Dong Nai 3 and 4 Plants.

The Cuu Long Basin offshore in southern Vietnam has operated unstably and can provide only 0.3-0.5 million cubic meters of gas a day, which will run short of demand for gas turbines at the Ba Ria Thermal Power Plant.

Besides, the 500-220kV transmission system is always overloaded, making electricity transmission from the northern to the southern region very difficult. There is no new power source in the southern region this year.

EVN plans to mobilize about 1.113 billion kWh from fuel and diesel oil during the dry season this year, which will come at a much higher cost and might result in power price increase.

Dang Hoan An, deputy director of Vietnam Electricity, said that southern provinces will lack supply by 9.18 billion kWh.

Besides domestic power sources, EVN plans to purchase 3.6 billion kWh of electricity from China.

At present the Southern Power Corporation and the HCMC Power Corporation have implemented measures to cope with power shortage possibility and balance power supply and demand in the southern region.

Earlier, the Ministry of Industry and Trade had instructed the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group to increase gas output to thermal power plants, especially at Ba Ria Thermal Power Plant. The group should now give priority to provide gas for power generation.

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By Lac Phong – Translated by Hai Mien

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