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Prime Minister requests an inspection of the electricity supply

The ministry was also assigned to set up an inspection team on EVN's power supply and management from early 2021 to early June this year. Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh assigned the Ministry of Industry and Trade to set up an inspection team on the management and supply of electricity of EVN from early 2021 to June this year.

This content is stated in the official dispatch on ensuring electricity supply, signed and issued today by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.

Accordingly, the Prime Minister requested the Ministry of Industry and Trade to carefully review and evaluate the current situation of electricity supply, especially arising factors, and guide EVN to develop proactive scenarios to promptly respond to difficulties and electrical problems, completed before 10/6.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade must complete the Prime Minister's directive on saving electricity from 2023 to 2025; the Directive on ensuring the supply and supply of coal and gas for electricity production. These works need to be reported and submitted to the Prime Minister before June 8 and 15.

The ministry was also assigned to set up an inspection team on EVN's power supply and management from early 2021 to early June this year.

Severe heat increases the demand for electricity. The average electricity consumption of the whole country reached nearly 820 million kWh a day in May, an increase of more than 20% compared to April. Peak power consumption also peaked at 44,600 MW and increased by 8.5% over the same period last year.

At the same time, the El Nino phenomenon leads to drought, and the hydroelectric reservoirs run out of water. In early June, the large hydropower reservoirs of the North such as Lai Chau, Son La, Ban Ve, and Tuyen Quang were only 1-2 meters away from the dead water level (the threshold for generating electricity). The power sector's strategy to mobilize this time is to the maintain maximum operation of coal, oil, gas, and renewable energy sources to keep and gradually raise the water level of the northern large lakes.

At the dispatch today, the Prime Minister assigned EVN to mobilize all resources and make the best efforts to find solutions to ensure electricity supply. This group actively builds flexible scenarios to cope with difficulties in power supply and troubleshoot and troubleshoot factories, especially in the North, to put them into operation as soon as possible.

TKV and PVN supply enough coal and gas for power plants at the request of EVN and immediately fix problems of power plants under their jurisdiction, put into operation in June. People's Committees of provinces and cities together with EVN, Corporations, and power companies implement scenarios to cope with electricity supply difficulties and save electricity in the coming time.

Regarding the power transmission grid, the Ministry of Industry and Trade reviews to guide investment, including the form of public-private partnership, and submits the implementation plan of the Electricity Master Plan VIII for promulgation.

On the other hand, according to Article 4 of the Electricity Law, the State has a monopoly in regulating the national power system. Currently, the National Load Dispatch Center (A0) is still under EVN, so the Prime Minister requested to bring the management and operation of A0 to the Ministry in June.

The ministry was also assigned to complete negotiations on electricity prices with transitional renewable power projects (solar power, wind power) in June, in the spirit of "harmonious benefits, shared risks".

At the end of April, EVN forecast that the North may lack 1,600-4,900 MW in the dry season. More than a month later, the electricity supply situation is in a more "urgent" situation when, according to A0's calculations, the Northern power system may lack about 8,000 MW in extreme cases. Therefore, A0 proposes to increase the maximum level of power outage of the national power system from 8,000 MW to 15,000 MW, equivalent to a reduction of 8,100 MW of electricity for the North. In, the largest reduction in power supply in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City is about 4,100 MW.

In order to have enough electricity in the context of the stressful supply, EVN suggested localities save electricity by 10-15% at agencies, administrative and non-business units, and public lighting. EVN's units from 6/6 will implement an urgent power-saving regime until the end of August. The power industry also urges customers to adjust usage time during peak hours of hot weather.



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