The power supply for the Samsung complex in the northern province of Thai Nguyen will return to normal by August 10, 2017 at the earliest after the electrical substation that supplies electricity to the South Korean electronics giant complex caught fire three days ago. The incident may hurt Samsungs manufacturing operations.
|The fire at 110kV Yen Binh 2 electrical substation|
Northern Power Corporation, a subsidiary of state-run Electricity of Vietnam, confirmed the fire at 110kV Yen Binh 2 electrical substation in a press release.
The cause of the unexpected fire that is disrupting the power supply for the complex is under investigation. The power supplier worked with Samsung and called them to use diesel to generate power while the substation is under repair.
Using diesel to generate power is considered more expensive. Besides, the fire happened at a peak production time, as Samsung plans to reveal its Samsung Galaxy Note in August.
Samsung Thai Nguyen employs about 62,000 workers. The factory, together with Samsung Bac Ninh complex, creates many mid- to high-end smartphone and tablet models for export to 78 countries and territories all over the world.
Samsung has several huge manufacturing complexes in Vietnam, one in Bac Ninh (SEV), one in Thai Nguyen (SEVT), and one in Ho Chi Minh City (SEHC), with a total investment value of $9.5 billion.
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By Thu Linh