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Unrelenting heat pushes Vietnam electricity consumption to record high

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The ongoing heat wave has led to a surge in Vietnam’s electricity demand, reaching 917 million kWh per day, which is projected to hit a record high of one billion kWh per day in June.

In the first three months of the year, the average daily electricity consumption stood at 762 million kWh. However, April has seen a sharp increase in power demand as many parts of the country are suffering from extreme heat.

On April 1, the country’s electricity consumption reached 880.9 million kWh and soared to 905.4 million kWh the following day, and 917 million kWh on April 3. Last year, the peak electricity demand reached around 940 million kWh per day.

In northern Vietnam, the April 3 power demand surged from the first quarter’s average of 343 million kWh per day to 416 million kWh.

April’s average daily electricity consumption has increased by 21% compared to the first three months of the year. From April to July, electricity use is anticipated to rise by up to 17%, exerting pressure on the power industry and the northern region.

According to the electricity sector, the northern region may face a shortage of nearly 1,600 to 2,900 MW during peak hours in June. The available capacity of all systems in the north is estimated to be between 23,900 and 24,500 MW, while electricity demand during peak hours could amount to 25,2450 to 27,480 MW.

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