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New 500kV power line behind schedule

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The 500kV circuit 3 power transmission line, which links Quang Trach in Quang Binh Province and Pho Noi in Hung Yen Province, is falling behind schedule due to construction delays by multiple contractors.

The 514-kilometer power line requires VND23,000 billion, or nearly US$1 billion.

Work began on the project in October 2023 and it is expected to be finished by June this year. However, support tower foundation excavation and piling by several contractors have been slower than planned, affecting the progress of the entire project, according to the National Power Transmission Corporation (EVNNPT), a unit of State utility Vietnam Electricity Group (EVN).

Those contractors have been urged to mobilize sufficient manpower to get their work done on schedule.

The new 500kV line will play a vital role in bolstering power supply nationwide and fortifying northern Vietnam against potential electricity shortages in the future.

Northern Vietnam was hit by severe power outages in May and June last year, which a World Bank report said caused damage of US$1.4 billion.

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