North to face power shortage next year: EVN

By Anh Minh   November 26, 2021 | 07:43 pm PT
North to face power shortage next year: EVN
Workers repair transmission lines in Hanoi’s summer heat earlier 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Hoang Hiep
The northern region will face power shortages of 1,500-2,400 MW in 2022 during peak hours and extreme weather, Vietnam Electricity has warned.

At a forum on energy requirements for economic recovery post-Covid-19 on Friday, the national utility’s deputy general director, Vo Quang Lam, said there would be sufficient supply nationally, but the north is likely to suffer shortages from May to July when hot spells often persist with temperatures rising above 36 Celsius degrees.

Electricity demand for socioeconomic development would rise next year, when more economic activities resume and people adapt to Covid, he said.

EVN said output next year could rise by either 8.2 percent to 275.5 billion kWh or 12.4 percent to 286.1 billion kWh. It was 213 billion kWh in the first 10 months of this year, up 3.3 percent year-on-year.

According to EVN estimates, peak capacity in the north will be 23,927-24,791 MW next year, up 2,076-2,870 MW from now.

Hydropower plants like Lai Chau, Son La and Hoa Binh supply over 45 percent of the region’s needs, but in the dry season they often face water shortages.

To ensure supply during the 2022 dry season, the plants should store water in late 2021, Lam said.

EVN plans to transmit more electricity from the central region to mitigate the likely shortfall.

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