HCMC – The prime minister has called for the expedition of the extended 500-kV transmission line circuit 3, aiming to make it operational by June 2024 and enhance the power supply for northern Vietnam.
Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Hong Dien shared this information during a meeting on July 8.
The project involves extending the 500-kV transmission line circuit 3 with a length of 514 kilometers, connecting Quang Trach in Quang Binh Province and Pho Noi in Hung Yen Province. It has a total investment of VND23,000 billion and consists of four components.
The project has already been included in the National Power Development Plan VIII and was initially planned for operation in 2025-2026.
To meet the revised deadline, the minister urged Vietnam Electricity Group (EVN) and the National Power Transmission Corporation (EVNNPT) to complete the necessary project dossiers this month and apply for investment policy approval and project investment approval by September.
“After the investment projects are approved, EVN and EVNNPT are required to collaborate with the affected localities to expedite site clearance. This will ensure the project’s completion and operation by no later than June 2024,” said the minister.
Speaking at the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s mid-year conference, General Director of EVN Tran Dinh Nhan said the northern part of the country would face multiple power supply challenges, especially in 2024 and 2025.
He affirmed EVN’s commitment to mobilize all available resources to meet the completion deadline for the 500-kV transmission line circuit 3, which will transmit power from the central and southern regions to the north.
Prior to this, the section of the 500-kV transmission line circuit 3 connecting Vung An, Quang Trach, Doc Soi, and Pleiku 2 was already operational, contributing 2,200 MW of power supply to the north.
Once the extended 500-kV circuit 3 transmission line is completed, it is expected to increase the power capacity transmitted from the south to the north to 5,000 MW.