Southern region may face electricity undersupply until 2025

09-Jan-2019 Intellasia | The Saigon Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Experts have warned that the shortage of electricity in southern Vietnam might last until 2025 due to the long delays affecting power projects, Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper reported.

Speaking at a review conference on the 2018 performance and 2019 plan of Vietnam Electricity Group (EVN) on January 3, deputy prime minister Trinh Dinh Dung said that the country was seeing a demand and supply imbalance between southern Vietnam and the northern and central regions.

The southern region consumed 90 billion kWh of power in 2018, accounting for 47 percent of the country’s total consumption, but its demand was just 35 percent met.

Meanwhile, the northern and central regions supplied 60 percent of the country’s electricity and consumed 53 percent.

Dung said that the undersupply of power in southern Vietnam would accelerate in the years to come owing to difficulties in investment in power projects. Also, the roll-out of power projects is proceeding too slowly, leading to the shortage of electricity. In addition, EVN forecast the southern region would suffer a deficiency of 1.2-1.6 billion kWh of electricity per year after 2021, pointing out that the shortage would become more severe if coal-fired thermal power projects such as Long Phu 1, Song Hau 1 and BOT Duyen Hai 2, as well as the block B gas project, are not completed as planned.

Besides this, with every thermal power plant in the southern region falling behind schedule, the power shortage will rise to 7.2-7.5 billion kWh per year, according to a representative of EVN.

EVN general director Tran Dinh Nhan said that it is necessary to address the demand and supply imbalance, proposing removing obstacles hindering site clearance to ease the construction of power projects.

Given the alert level of the power shortage in southern Vietnam, building a system for power transmission will help deal with the problem. However, deputy prime minister Dung pointed out multiple bottlenecks existing in the execution of the system, for which the construction of transmission lines is lagging behind schedule, revealing incompatibility in the progress of power projects.

EVN said the southern region will fail to balance supply and the consumption of electricity in coming years without help from other regions. As such, the corporation has begun work on three major power transmission line projects worth roughly VND12 trillion, including a 500 kilovolt (kV) thermal transmission line between Quang Trach Power centre of Quang Binh Province and Vung Ang of Ha Tinh Province and a 500kV switchgear at the Quang Trach Power Centre; a 500kV transmission line from Quang Trach to Doc Soi of Quang Ngai Province; and a 500kV line between Doc Soi and Pleiku 2 of Gia Lai Province to secure sufficient electricity for southern Vietnam.


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