EVN ordered to report on power cut impacts, ensure stable supply

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The government has ordered state-owned Electricity of Vietnam to report on the impacts of power cuts on business operations and daily life in the country.

It has also asked EVN, as the national power utility is also known, to ensure enough supply.

EVN has to submit the report to the government by July 15, news website VnExpress reported Saturday.

According to VnExpress, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung has asked the power utility to increase purchases to ease the power shortage in the country. EVN has also been told to speed up construction of new power projects.

The government said power production rose 17 percent in the first six months this year but still failed to meet the country's demand.

Constant blackouts nationwide have hampered production, plunged many shops into darkness and left families struggling with the hot weather.

EVN on July 1 announced that it had stopped cutting back on power supplies to cities and provinces thanks to improved production. The power utility ordered its subsidiaries nationwide to ensure stable power supply unless there are unexpected technical problems.

However, power cuts have been reported in many places since the announcement.

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