The Vietnam National Power Transmission Corporation (NPT) plans to invest VND16.9 trillion ($810.5m) in the power transmission system in 2013.

State-owned NPT intends to put into operation 54 power lines of 110kV-500kV, and launch another 50 similar power projects to enhance the capacity of the northern power grid, reported the Voice of Vietnam.

The utility plans to secure new loans from domestic and international financial organizations for the projects, and reportedly asked the Vietnamese government to create favorable conditions for securing loans.

Vietnam’s total electricity output and import volume in 2013 is estimated to reach 133. 4 billion kWh, up by 11% from 2012, according to plans approved by the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

In addition, the electricity supply and operation plans reveal that about 3.7 billion kWh of electricity from the total output could be imported from China.