Vietnam’s annual power demand to rise by 15 per cent

Vietnam's EVN said that over the next five years, power demand is set to rise by 15 per cent annually, with coal taking over from hydropower as the leading generation fuel.
Trin Ngoc Khanh, EVN’s head of Planning, said the manufacturing sector will face power shortages in 2011.
He added that supply had fallen short of meeting demand by 3 per cent over the past five years, and EVN would need to invest $3bn a year in new power projects and transmission infrastructure between 2011 and 2015.
Khanh expects to see a sharp increase in the use of fossil fuels for power generation.
He anticipates 26 911 MW of new power over the next five years, of which coal will account for 14 370 MW, hydropower 7605 MW, gas 2970 MW, and imported hydropower 635 MW.
Small-scale hydropower plants and renewable sources will add 1331 MW, bringing the country’s total generating capacity to 48 497 MW.
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