EVN should be answerable for power cuts: Khanh Hoa

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The central province of Khanh Hoa wants Electricity of Vietnam to be held accountable for unreasonable power cuts that have caused a lot of difficulties for businesses and residents alike.

In a letter sent to the authorities, Khanh Hoa Provincial Party Committee accused the state-owned power utility, also known as EVN, of "unfair power distribution."

Khanh Hoa is the second largest power consumer in the central region, only after Da Nang, so it's unreasonable for EVN to cut power supply to the province by the same extent as other localities, the letter said.

The company has to be held responsible for power demand forecasting and its preparation of power sources, the letter said.

According to the province, while power production in the country cannot meet demand, "many thermal power projects have not received any support when proposed to EVN."

The Van Phong Power Center in the province, for instance, has four generation units with a combined design capacity of 2,640 megawatts but EVN has only agreed to include two units in the grid.

Besides, EVN has announced that it would start purchasing power in 2016 while the thermal power plant is scheduled for commercial operations at the end of 2014.

Power cuts, which happen every two days between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., have become a serious problem for businesses and residents in Khanh Hoa Province.

Tourism in the resort city of Nha Trang is also affected by the cuts as many tourists cancel their trips and hotels do not have power to run elevators and air conditioners for customers.

The power shortage is expected to last until at least the first week of July. According to EVN, technical problems at power plans have been solved and rainfall has begun to increase. Power supply will become stable in the second week of July, it said.

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