All communes in Central Highlands access national power grid

Production of gold bars is among areas subject to State monopoly as listed in Decree No. 94/2017/ND-CP . (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The government has issued Decree No. 94/2017/ND-CP declaring the State will hold the monopoly in the production and trading of 20 goods and services as from October 1 this year. The decree lists the goods and services as follows:     1. Goods and services used for defense and security purposes;     2. Production, trade, import-export and transit transport of industrial explosives;     3. Production of gold bars;     4. Export-import of material gold for making gold bars     5. Issuing state lottery;     6. Import of cigarettes and cigars (exclusive of duty-free stores);     7. Management, export-import, purchase, sale, storage and preservation of goods named in the national reserves list;     8. Money printing and minting;     9. Issuance of Vietnam’s postal stamps;     10. Production, export-import, purchase, sale, transport and storage of fireworks and supply of related services;     11. Transmitting and controlling the national power grid; construction and operation of multi-purpose hydropower plants and nuclear power facilities of special socio-economic importance;     12. Public services ensuring navigation safety (operation of lighthouses and public navigational passages);     13. Management and operation of coastal information facilities;     14. Services related to flight control, aviation information and aviation search & rescue;     15. Management and exploitation of national and…... [read more]

State agencies will directly keep monopoly in trading 20 goods and services or authorize organizations or individuals to do that. The authorization must be approved in writing by leaders of the agencies. State monopoly trading must be implemented under the supervision of authorized agencies as per the law. The decree clarifies that ministries, ministry level agencies and governments of all provinces and cities are not entitled to issue regulations on operations, goods, services and areas of state monopoly trading. The trading of goods and services serving national defense and security listed in state monopoly will be implemented according to instructions by the Minister of Public Security or the Minister of Defense. The State would hold a monopoly in trading 20 goods and services for the purpose of national defense; production, purchase, sale, import and export of industrial explosives; gold bullion production; export and import of raw gold to produce gold bullions and lottery issue. They also cover tobacco import (except import for duty free trading); management, import, export, purchase, sale, preservation, protection of goods under national reserve list; money printing and minting; issue of Vietnam’s postage stamps; production, purchase, sale, import, export, transport and storage of fireworks and relevant services. In addition, there are transmission and regulation of national power grid; construction and operation of multi purpose hydropower and nuclear power projects significantly meaningful to economics and society; public services to ensure maritime safety; public services on coastal information. Others include services to ensure flight operations; management and exploitation of…... [read more]

EVN’s commercial electricity production increased 8.55 per cent year-on-year to 98.1 billion kWh, with domestic supply increasing by 8.84 per cent over last year. — VNA/VNS Photo Viet Nam’s power output in the first seven months of the year reached 112.6 billion kWh, a 7.3 per cent year-on-year rise, said the Electricity of Viet Nam (EVN). EVN on Friday released a report on its operations in the seven month period, saying that commercial electricity production increased 8.55 per cent year-on-year to 98.1 billion kWh, with domestic supply increasing by 8.84 per cent over last year. In July alone, commercial electricity production hit 15.1 billion kWh. The group last month ensured power supply for the country’s demand and also worked with the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in operating big reservoirs in the northern region and in flood discharge work at hydropower plants in Son La, Hoa Binh and Tuyen Quang provinces. EVN has been active in tackling the aftermath of recent storms to provide power for affected localities including Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri. Power transmission from the north to the south was estimated at 15kWh, while the EVN brought two turbines into operation and connected them to the national power grid in July with total capacity of 675MW including expanded Thac Mo Hydropower (75MW) and Vinh Tan 4…... [read more]

Con Co Island in the central province of Quang Tri (Source: VNA)   Quang Tri (VNA) – Con Co Island in the central province of Quang Tri will become the 11th island nationwide connected to the national power grid. An agreement to this effect was signed between the Quang Tri province People’s Committee and the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) in Dong Ha city on August 10. Accordingly, the EVN will supply power to 26 households,11 agencies and sectors, along with other public facilities on the island, which are using diesel-generated electricity.  The EVN has assigned Quang Tri Power Company to ensure round-the-clock electricity connection for the island. Founded in October 2014 under the Prime Minister’s decision, Con Co has built a number of facilities, including a water supply system, a health centre, schools and roads to serve travel demand of local residents and tourists. The two existing diesel-run generators on Con Co have provided electricity for the islanders for only 17-19 hours. Located 30 km from the mainland, Con Co island, which crosses the 17th parallel, is considered an “outpost watch” due to its location.  Covering 2.3 square kilometres, it is one of the most magnificent islands of the central region with its diverse ecosystem.-VNA... [read more]

PV Power, a wholly-owned subsidiary of state-owned PetroVietnam and the second largest electricity producer in Vietnam after Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) in terms of capacity, hopes to complete its equitisation in December this year, after having missed the deadline numerous times, according to information published on the company’s website. PV Power prepares for its next attempt at the IPO It is the third time the company has released the deadline for its equitisation. In early June, the company published on its website that it is expected to conduct its initial public offering (IPO) at the end of August. Previously, PV Power submitted its equitisation plan approved by the Ministry of Industry and Trade to the prime minister for approval. The plan was approved at the end of June 2017. Previously, in June 2016,  PV Power planned to sell a 25 per cent stake at its IPO in October 2016. However, the IPO was not conducted at the time. For the third time, PV Power has changed the state stake volume to be divested to 29 per cent for strategic investors. At the IPO it is planning to sell 20 per cent, 5 per cent less than the previous plan. PV Power has approached a number of potential investors, such as VinaCapital, BNP Paribas, Standard Chartered, and Deloitte, as well as funds operating in Vietnam, such as Indochina Capital, Dragon Capital, SGI Cap, Kingsmead,…... [read more]

With regards to Vietnam, the department spent more than 50 pages looking at the practices of almost all fundamental human rights in the country, including the right to freedom of speech, press, assembly and democracy as well as policies on these issues. According to the report, all political opposition movements in Vietnam are prohibited and so-called dissidents continue to be arrested and detained. The report goes on to state that the National Assembly elections in May 2007 were “neither free nor fair”. These are biased and groundless allegations about the situation in Vietnam. In Vietnam, no one is arrested for holding different political and religious views. Only those who act illegally face legal charges. In May 2007 National Assembly elections were a major national political event. Vietnamese voters went to the poll to cast their ballots in a free, fair and democratic manner to fulfil their civic responsibility and obligation. This was acknowledged by many foreigners, including politicians from western countries, while visiting Vietnam on the occasion of the elections. Country Director of the World Bank in Vietnam Ajay Chibber has stated that no place in Vietnam has been left behind in poverty reduction efforts. The country has achieved equitable development in education, trade and infrastructure. Notably, the literacy rate in Vietnam has risen to 95 percent, which is higher than in other dynamically developing economies such as China and India. About 95 percent of the households have been connected to the national power grid compared to 50 percent in…... [read more]

The Communist Party of Vietnam has affirmed that human rights are the common value of humankind. It is the result of the struggle of the working people and nations across the world against oppression and exploitation. Vietnam has made every effort to struggle, protect and promote its citizens’ fundamental rights, which has been acknowledged by the international community. Human rights in Vietnamese law One year after Vietnam wrested back independence in 1945, the Constitution, the first of its kind for the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, was issued, laying a firm legal foundation for its citizens to exercise and enjoy the rights of freedom and democracy. In the following constitutions which were issued in 1959, 1980 and 1992, human rights, rights and obligations of Vietnamese citizens were finalised gradually in terms of quality and quantity as well as providing safeguard mechanisms. Vietnam was admitted to the United Nations in 1977 – two years after the country was reunified. Since then, Vietnam has joined many international agreements on human rights and made significant contributions to protecting international human rights. It ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989 and signed other international conventions regarding children’s rights, including those put forward by the International Labour Organisation, between 1994-96. Since the 1992 Constitution was approved, the Vietnamese Party and State have persisted in carrying out the consistent policy of heightening the protection of human rights, considering humans an important factor in building a rich people, a strong country and an…... [read more]

In some localities, energy saving has received active response from many agencies and businesses with positive initial results. The Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) has always considered the effective and economical use of energy as one of the most important goals in its sustainable development strategy. In the 2006-2011 period, EVN has implemented many programmes to raise public awareness about the need to save energy and to promote energy saving products. The group has also directed units to upgrade the national power grid through projects worth thousands of billions dongs. From 2006 to 2009, the country saved more than 2.1 billion kWh of electricity by reducing electrical transmission loss. The state sector, the industrial production sector, and households as well as public lighting systems also saved nearly 4.5 billion kWh during the same period. Deputy director general of EVN, Nguyen Tan Loc, said that during the five years of the energy saving programme, EVN has accelerated propaganda activities to convey the message of saving energy to households. The group has also cooperated with light bulb producers such as Rang Dong, Dien Quang, and Phillips to increase the use of compact fluorescent bulbs from 5 million to 30 million. The energy saving programme has not only received support from businesses but also from localities through the country. Thai Nguyen is the base of the metallurgy industry and has many universities, colleges and high schools. It has actively implemented the energy saving programme in recent years for various fields such as industrial production,…... [read more]

The plant, built in It Ong commune, Muong La district, has six groups of turbine with a total capacity of 2,400MW. It aims to generate more than 10 billion kWh for the national grid annually, divert floodwaters in the rainy season, supply water for domestic use in the dry season, and help boost socio-economic development in the north-western region. The first generator was connected to the national power grid in December 2010, five years after construction work began. In September 2012, the sixth generator officially came online, and the project was completed in November 2012. At the inauguration ceremony, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung highlighted the significance of the project, which was designed and constructed by Vietnamese engineers and workers. He noted it was completed three years ahead of the approved timeline. He thanked the local administrations and people for their efforts and whole-hearted support, allowing the project to be implemented on time. More than 20,000 ethnic minority households in Dien Bien, Son La and Lai Chau provinces had to move to new resettlement areas where local administrations attempted to create conditions for the displaced to stabilise their lives. The PM also praised investors and design consultants for applying the leading edge of global technology during the plant’s construction. He asked Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) – the main investor - and contractors to use the lessons from the project’s construction, installation and operation when building the Lai Chau hydro-electric power plant in the nearby province. He also asked the administrations…... [read more]

Associate Professor Ha Duyen Chau, a scientist at the Institute of Geophysics, said that geomagnetic storms are expected to reach level 5, the highest level, because the sun will reach the peak of its 11-year cycle, putting the planet at greater risk of such storms between the end of 2012 and 2013. Only 30 relatively weak storms hit the country last year, according to Chau. Powerful geomagnetic storms could affect human health, particularly those with a family history of heart disease, bone disease and those vulnerable to geomagnetic storms, Chau said. They might feel tired and experience bone-related pain, he added. According to Chau, the national power grid and transformers may break down or sustain damage, resulting in blackouts. Chau also said that the storms would be at their strongest at the auroral zones near the North Pole, South Pole and areas around the Equator. The first geomagnetic storm was believed to have been observed early in the 19th century.... [read more]

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