Hydropower plants in Vietnam back from the dead
Reservoirs of hydropower plants in northern localities of Vietnam received a “water”fall of sorts thanks to an additional 28% of water on 12 June, lifting some out of the “dead” level, or minimum to ensure power generation.
This comes as a relief for the Vietnam Electricity Group (EVN), who previously reported overall water levels to be lower than the annual average, and that 10 reservoirs were either close to or under the “dead” level.
However, the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam has cautioned that the reservoirs aren’t out of the woods just yet, with current water levels only slightly above the “dead” level.
Following the Vietnamese Prime Minister’s direction to curb power shortage, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has been implementing solutions to ensure the supply of coal and gas for power generation, add new power sources, increase water storage at reservoirs, and flexibly operate reservoirs.