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Hydropower plants report higher water levels

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Water levels at all hydropower reservoirs in Vietnam have risen above critically low levels, according to Vietnam Electricity (EVN).

As of June 20, the reservoirs at Lai Chau, Son La, Ban Chat, and Tuyen Quang hydropower plants recorded levels ranging from 4 to 438 meters above the dead water levels.

Similarly, Thac Ba, Huoi Quang, Ban Ve, and Tri An hydropower plants have seen their reservoirs rise by 0.5 to 3 meters from extremely low levels.

The increase in water levels is attributed to heavy rainfall, which has resulted in higher water flows into the reservoirs. For example, Lai Chau reservoir received a water flow of nearly 950 cubic meters per second, while Son La and Ban Chat reservoirs experienced double or triple the water flows compared to the previous week.

This is positive news as it comes after a period of power cuts and rolling blackouts in Hanoi and several other northern provinces due to the high power demands, reduced power generation from reservoirs with low water levels, and technical issues at some thermal power generators.

The National Centre for Hydrometeorological Forecasting predicts that the scorching weather will continue; however, the Northwest, Northeast, North Central regions, and the Red River Delta are forecast to experience rainfall higher than the annual averages by 10% to 20% by the end of this month.

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