French electricity companies to work with VN for energy transition: conference

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2022 15:03

Nguyen Tai Anh, deputy general director of Viet Nam Electricity, speaks at a conference on co-operation between France and Viet Nam to facilitate the latter’s energy transition. — Photo

French electricity companies are willing to facilitate Viet Nam’s energy transition by working with their counterparts in the country, a conference has heard in HCM City.

Nguyen Tai Anh, deputy general director of Viet Nam Electricity (EVN), told the conference on Monday that power demand has grown by 10 per cent annually since 2011.

Capacity rose from 20,600 MW in 2010 to 69,300 MW in 2020, he said.

Nicolas Warnery, the French ambassador to Viet Nam, said countries around the world are dealing with problems related to power generation and the environment, focusing on reducing carbon emissions.

“French businesses are always ready to work with Vietnamese partners to exchange knowledge and overcome problems related to power generation and the environment.”

A delegation of 10 French businesses in the energy field took part in the conference as part of their efforts to network with their counterparts in the country.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has said Viet Nam has favourable conditions for developing renewable energy, and will seek to reduce its carbon footprint.

To achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, Viet Nam will work with and receive assistance from other countries in terms of finance and technology, and follow the Paris Agreement, an international treaty on climate change.

Anh said, “With Viet Nam’s strong commitment, EVN is taking steps towards large-scale energy transition to facilitate sustainable economic development and low emissions.”

The company would focus on developing thermal power plants using liquefied natural gas, study new, low-emission technologies and improve its distribution network to reduce electricity loss, he said.

It has been working with French power company Electricite de France since 2000, and hopes to continue collaborating with EDF and other French businesses for transitioning, he said. — VNS

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