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Electricity consumption hits new record

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnam Electricity Group, or EVN, has reported an upsurge in electricity consumption, citing the protracted heatwave across the nation as the main reason.

The scorching weather has resulted in electricity consumption soaring, with 993 million kWh used on April 26, the highest daily demand recorded, EVN announced yesterday, April 29.

Temperatures exceeded 41 degrees Celsius across 26 provinces on April 28, particularly in the north-central region.

However, electricity consumption in northern Vietnam has not yet surpassed peak levels. EVN anticipates further increases in demand as the summer heat intensifies.

To ensure electricity supply, the company is considering mobilizing backup diesel-fired generators from customers. Some 2,700 generators have been identified in northern Vietnam, with a total capacity of 3,000 MW.

EVN has boosted electricity imports from China to 1.8 billion kWh, 700 million kWh above the original plan.

Negotiations with Laos are underway for more electricity imports, particularly on sources routed through the north-central provinces of Nghe An and Quang Tri.

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