Vietnam to Import More Electricity from Laos, China

Vietnam to Import More Electricity from Laos, China
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According to EVN General Director Tran Dinh Nhan, talks are underway for the Vietnam Electricity Group (EVN) to increase its electricity purchase from Laos and China.

The move comes at a time when the country is facing a power shortage, with the available capacity of the national and northern power systems only about 42,000MW and 19,000MW in the peak afternoon, and 39,200MW and 18,000MW in the evening peak, respectively.

EVN General Director Tran Dinh Nhan said that the power source in the whole system has no more backup capacity as its access to large power sources including hydropower and thermal power all have decreased. As a result, EVN has to mobilize thermal power sources running on diesel oil (DO) and fuel oil (FO).

In addition to negotiating with Laos and China, EVN is also working with the Vietnam National Coal – Mineral Industries Holding Corporation Limited (Vinacomin), the Dong Bac Corporation, and the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (Petrovietnam) to supply coal, gas, and oil for power plants.

Additionally, the group has negotiated with investors of wind and solar power projects that are eligible to generate electricity for the national grid while coordinating with localities to enhance the economical and efficient use of electricity.