Vietnam is likely to suffer power shortages until the end of the year, according to Pham Le Thanh, general director of Electricity of Vietnam (EVN).

A key reason is the Nam Con Son Gas Pipeline Company’s planned 15-day interruption in gas supply for maintenance purposes, he said. This stoppage will reduce the outputs of Ba Ria, Phu My and Nhon Trach power plants by 20 per cent, and Ca Mau power plant by 1500 MW, causing shortages in the southern provinces.

In addition, low water levels in reservoirs are limiting hydropower output in northern and central areas.

Despite EVN’s efforts to mitigate the problem, there will be a shortfall of power throughout the country, especially in southern areas, peaking later this month and in October and lasting to the end of 2011, he added.

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