Foreign-funded Power Projects Stuck in Site Clearance

Thursday,  June 6,2013,21:36 (GMT+7)
By Van Nam – The Saigon Times Daily

HCMC – Seven key power transmission projects in HCMC which are funded by foreign sources cannot get going yet due to little progress in site clearance.

Most of these projects receive loans from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank (WB) to increase the city’s power transmission capacity, says a report by HCMC Power Corporation submitted to the municipal government this Tuesday.

Notably, several important projects are falling behind schedule, like the 220-kV Cu Chi substation, the 220-kV Cau Bong-Cu Chi transmission line, the 110-kV Bau Dung substation, the 220-kV District 8 substation, and the 220-kV Saigon South-District 8 transmission line.

Some projects whose construction contracts were signed long ago have not kicked off because the investors have not obtained cleared sites.

The above projects are very urgent as they will be connected to the 500-kV Pleiku-My Phuoc-Cau Bong transmission line to boost power supply to HCMC in the next years, said Pham Quoc Bao, deputy general director of HCMC Power Corporation.

If they kept moving slowly, power supply to HCMC in 2014 and 2015 would be affected, he told the Daily.

For example, the 220-kV Cau Bong-Cu Chi transmission line is scheduled for completion in late 2013, but so far it has not got off the ground due to complicated site clearance and the difficulty in identifying the land owners affected.

Similarly, the 110-kV Bau Dung substation funded by JICA has not received a cleared site for construction because the affected households do not agree with the compensation rate for rubber trees.

Vietnam Electricity Group (EVN) is accelerating the construction of the 500-kV Pleiku-My Phuoc-Cau Bong power transmission line to complete it by the end of 2013. This project will increase the power transmission capacity in the southern provinces.

EVN says it this month will complete the first generator of the Nghi Son 1 thermal power project, the 500-kV Song May-Tan Dinh transmission line, the 500-kV Song May substation and the project for power supply to households without electricity in the area of Hoa Binh Reservoir.

In related news, EVN said it would buy nearly 300 million kWh of power from China this month to meet the rising demand.

The local demand for electricity is forecast to surge 11% this month during the peak of the hot season.

Without unexpected events, EVN will ensure a stable power supply for production and daily activities, said the State utility on its website.

In the first five months of 2013, both power load and output increased sharply, especially in Hanoi and HCMC. There were times when power load in Hanoi rose 150%.


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