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Coal-fired power plants at full throttle as hydropower reservoirs run low

By Nguyen Tan

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HCMC – In response to ebbing water levels in hydropower reservoirs, all coal-fired power plants have been operating at full throttle, generating around 526 million kWh per day, the local media reported.

The move aims to compensate for lower hydroelectric output caused by below-average water levels across the nation.

According to the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, hydroelectric reservoirs nationwide are operating below multi-year averages.

In the northern region, reservoirs are functioning at capacities ranging from 25% to 96% of historical averages. In the central region, water levels in 19 out of 27 reservoirs are well below baseline levels, with only eight meeting or exceeding them.

In the southern region, apart from reservoirs such as Dong Nai 2, Ham Thuan, and Da Nhim, which have water levels higher than normal capacity, the majority of reservoirs are experiencing below-average water levels. This situation has led to the full utilization of coal-fired power plants to address the energy deficit.

The past week has witnessed an intensive mobilization of coal-fired power sources, with average daily output nearing 526 million kWh. This concerted effort aims to ensure energy demands are met despite the challenges posed by diminished hydroelectric production.

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