Vietnam “to trim Chinese power imports”

Vietnam plans to trim its electricity imports from China, a Vietnamese official reportedly said. In 2015 more coal plants in northern Vietnam will fire into operation, the director of Vietnam’s […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Vietnam plans to trim its electricity imports from China, a Vietnamese official reportedly said.

In 2015 more coal plants in northern Vietnam will fire into operation, the director of Vietnam’s National Load Dispatch Center Ngo Son Hai is quoted as saying.

The official made the comments in an interview with online newspaper Bao Dau Tu (Vietnam Investment Review), reported Chinese news agency Xinhua.

Two years ago, some Vietnamese power plant owners complained they were being shunned by the state energy firm in favour of Chinese imports, reported news site Asian Power.

Vietnam is expected to become a net importer of energy from 2020, with its economy’s dependency on energy imports projected to reach 54% by 2035, according to an Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre report.