Electricity output rises 7.3%

Therefore, the national electricity company has introduced a number of measures to reduce the use of electricity nationwide. Severe shortage of electricity At the beginning of June, Dang Hoang An, Deputy General Director of the Vietnam Electricity Group (EVN), predicted that electricity supplies would be ensured after June 20 as the hydrographical situation improves. However, the weather in June was not as favourable as expected. According to Nguyen Van Thanh, Director of the Hoa Binh hydro-electric power plant, the water level in Hoa Binh lake is now at 81m, only 1.5m above the operational level. Mr Thanh says that with such low water levels, the power plant can only supply 12 percent of the country’ total electricity output. In the next few days, the plant’s operation depends a lot on the water level in Hoa Binh lake. He underlines that when the water levels in the Da River network improves, China’s hydro-electric power plants will use it, so, it is not sure whether the water will reach Hoa Binh lake or not. In addition to Hoa Binh lake, the water levels in Tuyen Quang and Thac Ba lakes are only tens of cm above the operational level. According to EVN, hydro-electric power plants contribute 34.2 percent of the country’s total electricity output. They can generate 130 million kWh/day (if operating 20 hours/day) in the rainy season, and 65-68 million kWh (if operating 10-12 hours/day) in the dry season. However, the current drought has reduced the electricity output of hydro-electric power…... [read more]

According to Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Hoang Quoc Vuong, Vietnam consumes approximately 80 billion kWh of electricity every year. In 2010, the country has saved 1 percent of the total electricity output (around 1 billion kWh). If electricity use is applied strictly and properly, savings of 3-5 percent can be made. Disregard of power saving Around 3,000 households across the country consume high levels of electricity almost 3 million kWh/year. However, Vietnamese businesses give no or little attention to saving power. 25 percent of businesses say that it is impossible to save electricity. Only one business says it will try its best to invest more to save power and reduce electricity by half in the future. These figures were released by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the Asian Institute of Competition in the third quarter of this year. The Energy Saving Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) says that State and government agencies have devised a 10 percent power saving plan, but efficiency is still low due to a lack of solutions and sanctions. In addition, a cut in the number of lights on roads in provinces and cities and management of light systems for advertising and other services have proved inefficient. The Chief of the MoIT Energy Saving Office, Nguyen Dinh Hiep, says that industry and construction have a great potential for power saving but most small and medium-sized enterprises involved in these two sectors find it difficult to save…... [read more]

The breaking news has received different reactions from local scientists. The Ho Chi Minh City High-tech Park, where Khe works, will organize a conference on March 9 to clarify questions from local scientists, assess the research, and reveal technical details of the machines. While revealing further information about the machines that have been sent to the international exhibition on renewable energy, the Tokyo Big Sight Harumi, Khe said briefly that hydrogen is split from water as a fuel for the machine by catalyst material before hydrogen is burned to generate energy. “The main fuel of the machine is water that is interacted with a catalyst, a kind of nanomaterial, through endogenous reactions to split out hydrogen before it is burned to generate energy to charge the battery of the machine,” Khe explained. “The nanomaterial is produced from rice, flour and other chemicals. “This process requires no exterior source of energy because nano technology has huge endogenous energy. “Besides water and the catalyst, the machine is equipped with a battery that is produced by ourselves from cheap materials that are totally friendly with the environment,” he added. One of the machines has a 2,000W capacity, which is enough to provide electricity to a household, Khe added. Many international and domestic firms have contacted him to order the machines. However, Khe has yet to announce when the technology will be brought to mass production for commercial purposes. “We started the studies long ago. In 2006, we created the first machine to produce…... [read more]

The thermal power plant has two groups of turbin with a design capacity of 1,200 MW and a total investment of VND200,000 billion from the Vietnam Machinery Installation Corporation (LILAMA). According to plan, the first group will generate electricity in the first quarter of 2011 and the second group one year after. Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said after being put into operation, the Vung Ang 1 thermal power plant will provide 10 percent of the country’s total electricity output. This will provide enough electricity not only for Ha Tinh but also for other localities after 2011, ensuring the modernization and industrialization process of the country. He asked the Ha Tinh provincial People’s Committee to cooperate with LILAMA to complete the project on time.... [read more]

The PM’s official visits to Russia, the Republic of Czech and the Republic of Poland have been successful. These three countries have established fine relations with Vietnam over the past decades. They all have supported Vietnam in the past struggle for national independence and national unification and continued helping the country overcome difficulties in the current process of national construction and development. In Saint Petersburg, the PM laid a wreath at the Motherland statue and expressed deep sympathy for the losses endured by the Russian people in general and St. Petersburg‘s people in the struggle against fascism. During meetings with leaders of the three countries, the PM affirmed that the Vietnamese people always bear in mind their gratitude to the people of the three countries for supporting Vietnam in the struggle for national independence and development. He was deeply moved by the welcome given by the states, governments and people of the three countries to the delegation. The traditional ties of friendship, mutual understanding and mutual trust have laid a firm foundation for Vietnam to develop its multi-faceted cooperation with the three countries for the common desire and benefit of each country’s people. Judging from this fact and the open-door foreign policy of the Vietnamese Party and State, leaders of the three countries highlighted Vietnam’s role and position in the international arena. They affirmed their determination to implement synchronized measures agreed at their meetings with the PM, further deepen friendship and boost comprehensive cooperation with Vietnam in the fields which…... [read more]

Mr Dung made the request while attending a ceremony to close the sluices that fill up the plant’s reservoir on May 15. The plant has six turbines with a combined capacity of 2,400 MW and is expected to turn out an average electricity output of nearly 10 billion kWh a year. He praised ethnic minority groups in the three provinces of Son La, Dien Bien and Lai Chau for their resettlement in new places to clear the way for the Son La Hydropower Plant. He conveyed that the Government has decided to increase the total investment capital for the resettlement project of the Son La Hydropower Plant from VND10 trillion to VND20 trillion to ensure relocated people can soon return to normal life and production activities. PM Dung stressed that the plant will not only supply much necessary electricity for socio-economic development, but also help control floods in the rainy season, supply water for the northern delta in dry season and contribute to socio-economic development in the northwestern region. In a working session with key officials of Son La province, the Government leader lauded efforts by the provincial Party organisation, authority and people over the past years to gain achievements in all fields. Over the past five years, the province’s GDP growth rate was over 10 percent, reaching 14.36 percent in 2009. He said Son La has done well in resettlement work to serve the construction of the Son La Hydropower Plant and asked the province to continue efforts to…... [read more]

At an international seminar in Hanoi on May 8, Mr Tan said that the investment reports for these projects will be completed in 2008 and then submitted to the National Assembly. Once operational in 2020, the plants will initially provide seven percent of Vietnam’s total electricity output. By 2040, nuclear power will make up 25-30 percent of Vietnam’s total electricity output, according to the country’s atomic energy strategy. Mr Tan said the National Assembly will debate the Atomic Energy Law this May to create a legal basis for the development and application of nuclear power. It is predicted that the domestic demand for electricity will be 450.8 billion KWh by 2030, which is nine times higher than current levels.... [read more]

Of the total, 57.44 billion kWh will be produced by the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) and 25.8 billion kWh will be purchased from the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group and the Vietnam National Coal and Mineral Industries Group. Electricity sales are expected to rise by 13.6 percent to 74.9 billion kWh in 2009. The Ministry of Industry and Trade has asked EVN to hasten construction of a number of thermo-electric and hydro-electric power plants, such as Cam Pha, Hai Phong, O Mon, Quang Ninh, Cua Dat, Song Con, Se San 4 and An Khe-Kanak. The ministry also requested EVN take measures to reduce electricity loss and boost electricity saving in daily use and production. In 2008, Vietnam’s electricity output increased by 10.8 percent and its sales went up 12.8 percent from the previous year.... [read more]

The EVN has asked the MoIT to instruct the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) to provide enough gas for maintaining a total gas-fueled electricity output of 4.34 billion kWh, generated by the Ca Mau 1, 2 and Nhon Trach 1 thermal-electric power plants from March to June, in order to prevent power shortages during the dry season. According to the EVN, current gas supplies for the Ca Mau 1 and 2 plants are enough to produce just 2.37 billion kWh of power, 1.07 billion kWh less than is required. Meanwhile, the output capacity of the Nhon Trach plant is forecast to be much lower than the 900 million kWh of power that was originally designed.... [read more]

The seminar aims to collect the opinions of scientists, managers, economic groups and businesses, with a focus on measures to restructure the electricity sector to be submitted to the Government for consideration in the near future. Tran Viet Ngai, head of the Vietnam Energy Association, said that the electricity sector is expected to have a capacity of 19,200MW in 2010 with an electricity output of 112 billion Kwh, equivalent to an average amount of 1,200 Kwh/per capita/year. In 2025, the sector’s capacity will rise to 69,000MW with an electricity output of 431 billion Kwh, equivalent to an average amount of 3,700 Kwh/per capita/year, or four times higher than the current figure. Therefore, he said, the electricity sector needs huge resources, and it is essential to have a strongly competitive electricity market in order to attract more domestic and foreign investors to the sector. According to Vo Quang Nam, deputy general director of the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group, in recent years, his group has achieved rapid development in electrical energy, thus contributing to national economic development. Ensuring a stable supply of electricity has become an urgent need, he said. Other participants agreed that it is necessary to build a competitive electricity market. Apart from the Vietnam Electricity Group, there should be other electricity corporations involved to sharpen their competitive edge to attract investors.... [read more]

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