Electricity shortage likely as gas supply disruption looms

By Anh Minh   October 17, 2022 | 04:45 am PT
Electricity shortage likely as gas supply disruption looms
The Ca Mau gas-fired power plant in the southern province of Ca Mau. Photo courtesy of PVPower
There could be electricity shortages in the offing since a leading gas firm has to reduce supply to thermal power plants to relocate a rig.

PetroVietnam Gas Joint Stock Corporation (PVGas) announced that its contractor, Hibiscus of Malaysia, would stop supply of gas to the Ca Mau power plant for three days from Oct. 17.

They are weekdays, when power demand is high, and so to preclude a shortage in the southern region, Vietnam Electricity’s National Load Dispatch Center has urged PVGas not to move the rig on weekdays, but on Sunday when electricity demand is low.

Otherwise it should reduce supply to other major gas consumers like urea production plants and prioritize supply to power plants, it said.

The output of gas-fired power plants was nearly 19.7 billion kWh in the first eight months of this year, or around 11% of total production.

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