12 April 2010 – State-owned Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) has said the country’s 20 major hydropower plants will have to cut back on production to prevent water levels at reservoirs from falling too fast and damaging equipment.
The plants, with a combined capacity of 6200 MW, will only be able to produce 50m kWh per day during the dry season, much lower than the usual output, EVN officials said.
They said the national power utility will instead raise output at thermal power plants and increase purchases from other producers to offset the shortage. Power demand in Vietnam is set to rise 18 per cent this year on the back of an economic recovery. The lack of water in reservoirs will translate into a loss of nearly 1bn kWh at hydropower plants, the government.
EVN has said it will give priority to supplying power for the manufacturing sector and important social events.