The Hanoitimes - In the first six months of 2019, EVN added 4,753 MW into the national grid, of which solar power projects amounted to 4,397 MW, resulting in total power generation capacity in Vietnam of 53,326 MW as of June.
Vietnam Electricity (EVN), the country’s sole power distributor, is scheduled to complete three power plant projects with total capacity of 1,480 MW in the remaining months of 2019, the governmental portal reported.
These projects include upgraded Vinh Tan 4 and upgraded Duyen Hai 3 thermal plants, and Thuong Kon Tum Hydropower plant.
EVN is expected to commence the construction of solar power projects such as Phuoc Thai 1 and Se San 4.
In the first six months of 2019, EVN added 4,753 MW into the national grid, of which solar power projects amounted to 4,397 MW, resulting in total power generation capacity in Vietnam of 53,326 MW as of June.
The figure remains far off from the country’s total capacity target of 95,700 MW set for the 2016-2030 period under the revised Power Plan VII.
Regarding power generation projects, the EVN has granted the Provisional Acceptance Certificate (PAC) for Nghi Son 1 and Thai Binh thermal power plants, and connected upgraded Vinh Tan 4 thermal plant with capacity of 600 MW to the national grid.
Additionally, solar power plants of Vinh Tan 2 (42.65 MWp) and Da Mi (47.5MWp) have also been put into operation.
EVN also completed 57 power grids projects from 110kV to 500kV, including one project of 500kV power grid, 10 projects of 220kV and 46 others of 110kV, while 72 other projects have started construction, including 3 projects of 220kV and 69 projects of 110kV.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on July 15 requested the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) and related parties to ensure sufficient power for economic development and domestic consumption.
The ministry and the whole industry must fulfill the target at all cost as the power shortage prospect may shadow Vietnam in 2022-2023 or in 2021 at the earliest, Phuc added.
The MOIT last month warned of power shortage, saying that the situation may cast its shadow over Vietnam in 2020, mostly in the southern region due to the sluggishness of many energy projects.
More seriously, the power shortage might happen in the southern region in 2021-2025 due to rising consumption. The shortage might hit 3.7 billion kWh in 2021, nearly 10 billion kWh in 2022, 12 billion kWh in 2023, 7 billion kWh in 2024, and 3.5 billion kWh in 2025.