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PM orders urgent measures to secure power supply

By N. Tan

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HCMC – Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has chaired an urgent meeting with ministries and departments to discuss measures to ensure electricity supply for businesses and households during the dry season.

At the urgent meeting held on May 18, the prime minister said that the total capacity supplied by all sources of the national electricity system could meet the total demands in the long term.

However, there may be a partial power shortage from now to May 25 due to the surging demand for electricity in the scorching weather.

Additionally, the falling water levels of many reservoirs and the delayed import of coal could not satisfy the needs of hydropower plants and thermal power plants.

The prime minister ordered the Vietnam National Coal and Mineral Industries Holding Corporation Limited (Vinacomin) and the Dongbac Corporation to provide sufficient coal for thermal power plants using domestic coal.

Those using imported coal need to borrow, purchase or advance coal from different thermal power plants. Meanwhile, hydropower plants are requested to fully exploit the water energy until further notice.

PetroVietnam is required to ensure the supply of gas and oil for thermal power plants. In addition, negotiations on provisional electricity tariffs with eligible wind and solar power projects need to be expedited to connect these renewable energy projects with the national power grid as soon as possible.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade is assigned to guide Vietnam Electricity Group to deploy solutions in the operation of the national power grid to secure power supply.

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