USTDA Awards Grant
to Support Information
Technology and Smart
Grid Development in
Vietnam
 
Arlington, VA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- May 7, 2013 - The National Power Transmission Corporation (EVNNPT) of Vietnam has been awarded a grant by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to support its efforts to improve transmission efficiencies to meet increasing power generation capacity and demand.

The grant is supporting a technical assistance program that will assist EVNNPT to modernize its legacy information technology (IT) systems in order to more efficiently manage its transmission infrastructure.

The program will link a team of experts from Tangible International (McLean, VA) with EVNNPT to expand and modernize Vietnam's electrical grid. The Tangible team will also assist EVNNPT in designing a telecommunications system that will enable the power company to modernize its IT, automation and management systems, and technologies.

“USTDA is proud to support this dynamic information technology roadmap project with the National Power Transmission Corporation,” stated USTDA director Leocadia I. Zak. “I am excited to see the outcomes of this new system that, once implemented, will enable EVNNPT to effectively deploy an integrated IT enterprise solution to manage its entire operations, from transmission to back office functions, in support of its core mission and better respond to customers' needs.”

This project is the second recent partnership between USTDA and EVNNPT. In 2011, USTDA hosted a delegation of officials from EVNNPT in the United States to learn about U.S. power transmission technologies, particularly smart grid solutions. Since that visit, EVNNPT signed a contract for GE's capacitor banks, which will effectively double Vietnam's existing power capacity through the upgrade of the Pleiku-Phu Lam transmission line – the backbone of the country’s north-to-south power transmission network.