Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Vietnam wide power shortage looms after power turbine shutdown

A turbine has broken down at a power plant in southern Vietnam threatening nationwide load shedding, especially during peak load hours.

The 360 MW second turbine of the Phu My 2.2 power plant in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province had shut down early Monday due to a technical breakdown of the transformer, the National Load Dispatch Center said.

However, by 4pm that day the plant said it still had not discovered the cause of the problem.

With monopoly power supplier Electricity of Vietnam already having warned about possible power shortages between July and September due to a maintenance shutdown by a major gas supply pipeline in Ba Ria-Vung Tau, the center said there could be power cuts across Vietnam, particularly at 9:30-11:30am.

EVN said the shortfall could reach 1,000MW during certain times of the day.

Source: Tuoi Tre – Translated by An Dien