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Hydropower output surges
Trung Chanh
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Hydropower output surges

Trung Chanh

CAN THO – Hydropower output last year increased sharply over the previous year thanks to favorable hydrological conditions, said Truong Hoang Vu, general director of Power Generation Corporation 2 (EVNGENCO 2).

Vu said water levels at reservoirs were higher than the average of previous years. In addition, reservoirs managed by EVNGENCO 2 had sufficient water from the end of 2016, so its hydropower plants generated more power than expected.

Particularly, Quang Tri hydropower plant produced more than 294 million KWh of electricity, A Vuong plant over one billion KWh, Song Bung 4 plant over 654 million KWh and An Khe-Kanak plant 857 million KWh.

At a conference on EVNGENCO 2’s performance last year and its plans for this year held in Can Tho City on January 10, the corporation said its hydropower plants generated nearly 2.7 billion KWh of electricity last year, or 16.75% higher than the target and rising 22.88% against 2016.

Meanwhile, coal-fired power plants realized only 86.4% of the target set for last year with total output making up 75.93% of the corporation’s electricity generation. The corporation completed only 96.9% of its plan due to the decline in the thermal power output.

EVNGENCO 2 generated over 16.7 billion KWh of electricity, accounting for 13.67% of Vietnam Electricity Group (EVN)’s total electricity volume last year and exceeding the volume in 2016 by 10.28%, Vu said.

Vu gave some reasons behind the coal-fired power output reduction, including an order by the Ministry of Industry and Trade to suspend coal-fired power generation from October 1 to 31 last year to utilize gas-fired power generation.

Moreover, the number of incidents at coal-fired power plants was high, Vu added.

At the conference, Vu also cited the World Bank’s Doing Business report as saying that Vietnam last year ranked 64th among 190 countries and territories worldwide in the electricity access index with 78.69 out of 100 points, a leap of 32 notches versus 2016. The country has jumped 92 places since 2013.

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