By the end of the year Electricity of Vietnam will have ten new power projects generating electricity.
Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) has announced that at least ten large electricity projects are to come into operation in 2016 to meet increasing demand for electricity supply.
Many projects, including hydroelectric projects, will be completed this year, such as Lai Chau, Huoi Quang, Trung Son, and Song Bung 2, as well as thermal power projects such as Duyen Hai 3 (expanded), Vinh Tan 4, Thai Binh 1 and Da Nhim (expanded).
In the first stage, total power capacity of these new electricity projects this year is estimated at 3,893 MW, with 2,081 MW from hydroelectric plants and 1,380 MW from thermal plants.
Capacity will then be increased gradually.
Hydroelectric power plants in central Vietnam and the central highlands are now facing a range of difficulties due to severe drought. EVN has said that water levels in reservoirs are much lower than the annual average.
The total water in reservoirs in the central region, the central highlands and the south is only 3.3 billion cu m, or 1.9 billion cu m lower than expected.
Because of the drought EVN must mobilize thermal power from coal, oil and gas to avoid electricity shortages. Water in reservoirs, meanwhile, has been prioritized for daily life and agriculture.