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The Government directed EVN to develop the 'scenarios for lacking power and having to cut off the electricity

 - The Government Office issued Notice 216/TB-VPCP on June 8, 2023, at the conclusion of Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha at the meeting on the situation of electricity supply in the dry season in 2023. In conclusion, the Government requested Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) to develop scenarios for managing electricity supply according to the guidance of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) including the scenarios of lacking power plants and having to cut off electricity.

The conclusion informed: The severer hot weather taking place in many parts of the country in the recent time increased the people's daily-life electricity demand, combined with the very low water status of the hydropower reservoirs, which has affected the demand for electricity in the dry season of 2023. Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has directed on ensuring electricity supply in the dry season in 2023. In, He was required to absolutely not let electricity shortages occur, as well as pay attention to specific solutions to overcome difficulties raised in the recent time (Notice No. 185/TB-VPCP dated May 19, 2023, of the Government Office).

EVN and relevant agencies have tried and made efforts to implement solutions to ensure electricity supply. However, the current situation of electricity supply is very difficult, the risk of power shortage in the North is present when the water level in many hydropower reservoirs is close to the dead water level, especially in some lakes the water level is already lower than dead level, and at the same time, a number of the coal-fired power plants are having problems that cannot be overcome and put into operation soon (total capacity of the coal power plants examined the breakdown is about 2,600 MW).

Deputy Prime Minister considered that these are new problems that need to be solved and at the same time, it is necessary to develop proactive operating scenarios to minimize impacts on economic development and people's lives.

The Government directed EVN to develop the  'scenarios for lacking power and having to cut off the electricity

Tuyen Quang hydropower reservoir is only 0.91m from the dead water level. Photos were taken on the morning of June 8, 2023.

For the difficulties in the current ensuring electricity supply, especially for the Northern region, it is necessary to coordinate by relevant levels, agencies, and units, especially EVN and MOIT to coordinate for the timely implementation of the following solutions:

1/ EVN, PVN, Vinacomin, and relevant units to continuously implement appropriate solutions directed by the Prime Minister in Notice No. 185/TB-VPCP dated May 19, 2023. With a note that there must not be a shortage of fuel for power generation during the difficult time of power supply.

2/ The Investors of coal-fired power plants examined breakdown should focus on taking immediate remedial measures to put them into operation as soon as possible.

3/ EVN must focus on researching and implementing synchronous solutions for electricity supply, especially the most effective implementation of measures to save electricity. On the other hand, EVN should develop the power supply management scenarios under the guidance of MOIT (including the scenario on lack of power plants and having to cut off the electricity) and should organize the implementation to ensure fairness, publicity and correctness of regulations, for minimizing impacts on production activities and people's lives.

Developing scenarios for electricity supply management of the national power system:

Firstly: assigning MOIT to guide EVN to develop scenarios for electricity supply management of the national power system, especially the Northern electricity system during the difficult period of local electricity shortage, ensuring compliance with regulations.

Secondly: In the scenario of a lack of power plants and the need to regulate power cuts, it is necessary to take measures to ensure electricity supply for important socio-political events and electricity users, it is not to be short of electricity and at the same time to guide for managing to cut electricity in ensuring fairness, publicity, and compliance with regulations.

Thirdly: Focusing to research, guiding, or proposing to competent authorities in June 2023 on synchronous mechanisms and policies, in accordance with the provisions of the law to deploy rooftop solar power for servicing self-consumption purposes (research for state agencies, armed forces, non-business units, schools, hospitals, people's houses...), ensuring efficiency, contributing to reducing supply difficulties electricity in the near future.

Fourthly: Immediately reviewing and inspecting the coal-fired power plants examined the breakdown and required the investors to immediately take remedial measures to put them into operation as soon as possible.

Thermal power plants with a long breakdown time (over 2 years) and cannot be put into operation in June 2023, required the competent authorities to carry out an inspection to clearly determine the specific cause and responsibility.

Fifthly: The Ministry of Information and Communications should closely coordinate with the MOIT and EVN to deploy and implement effective tasks and solutions and increase effective electricity saving.

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