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Vietnam’s EVN faces transmission hitch for renewable energy [free access]

September 9, 2020

State-owned Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) recently reported a prolonged timeframe for the construction of new transmission lines in comparison to the development of solar and wind power projects.


EVN’s subsidiary Southern Power Corporation (EVNSPC) is currently facing major issues, wherein the company is still negotiating with households to acquire land for seven out of 66 towers needed to build the 110 kV Thap Cham–Ninh Phuoc line in the southern province of Ninh Thuan, which was scheduled to begin operations in the month of September. The 110 kV line is a part of EVN’s initiative to strengthen the capability of power grids to evacuate power generated from renewable energy (RE) in Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan provinces.


The country had 23 GW of renewable projects operating by the end of August, and another 17 GW has been approved to be added to the national plan. Due to regular addition of a number of RE projects, several 110 kV and 220 kV grids in the Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan territories have become overloaded. EVN has been able to ensure production for 113 renewable plants in the country by building or upgrading 21 transmission lines since the second quarter last year, when 90 new solar power projects began operations and overloaded the national grid.