VN Environment Administration proposes to revive hydropower plants

Last update 10:25 | 06/08/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – If 300-400 more small- and medium-sized hydropower plants are built, the total capacity would be 3,000-4,000 MW, or 15 billion kwh of electricity, according to the Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA).

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VEA’s chair Tran Viet Ngai has proposed reconsidering the decision to remove small & medium hydropower projects and allow investment to resume.

Many hydropower plants were built in 2010-2014, affecting the forest environment. Because of this, the NA decided to remove 400 projects from the hydropower development program.

However, according to Ngai, over 300 small & medium hydropower projects have been built with the total capacity of 4,000 MW which provides 10 billion kwh of electricity to the national grid every year.

He emphasized that many projects have been operating in a stable way, while forests have been replanted and the projects do not have any negative effects on people’s resettlement or lives.

If 300-400 more small- and medium-sized hydropower plants are built, the total capacity would be 3,000-4,000 MW, or 15 billion kwh of electricity

He believes that it is necessary to inspect the projects which have been removed and develop effective projects.

These must be projects with high economic efficiency and high capacity (over 30 MW). The projects would be useful as they can provide electricity to remote areas, thus easing the overload on the national grid.

The projects would be resumed only if the investors can strictly follow the procedures of building and ensuring the operation of water reservoirs, and minimizing deforestation.

According to Phan Duy Phu, deputy director of the Hydropower Department of the General Directorate of Energy, in order to develop small and medium hydropower plants in a sustainable way, it would be better to decentralize to local industry departments.

It is also necessary to strengthen cooperation among ministries, branches and local authorities to program the hydropower plant network, and the operation and exploitation of the works.

Phan Van Cuong, deputy director of the Lao Cai provincial Industry and Trade Department, said small and medium hydropower plants can bring big benefits to local economies and help ease electricity shortages, provided that the projects are assigned to capable investors.

Experts have also urged the development of renewable energy.

Ngai said developing solar energy in Vietnam is a feasible solution. Solar energy is available in Vietnam all year round.

Meanwhile, with modern technologies and the 4.0 industrial revolution, wind turbines are getting cheaper. Vietnam has 2,000-3,000 hours of sun a year for power exploitation.

Under Prime Minister’s Decision No 11, Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) has the responsibility of buying electricity from solar power projects at VND2,086  per kwh, or 9.35 cent.


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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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