PM requests PetroVietnam ensure energy sufficiency

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh requested that the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) ensure energy sufficiency during a working session on September 11 to seek ways for accelerating some key projects and solving difficulties facing the firm.
PM Pham Minh Chinh addresses the working session with PetroVietnam on September 11. (Photo: VNA)
PM Pham Minh Chinh addresses the working session with PetroVietnam on September 11. (Photo: VNA)

PetroVietnam General Director Le Manh Hung said the group has continued affirming its role in Vietnam’s economy by helping guarantee the national energy, food, economic, and sovereignty security and contributing to the State budget.

In 2021, PetroVietnam contributed 112.5 trillion VND (nearly 4.8 billion USD) to the State budget, up 80% from the year’s target and 36% from 2020. The contribution stood at 90.6 trillion VND in the first eight months of 2022, up 40% from this year’s target and 45% from last year.

Production and business activities remain stable, with the exploited crude oil volume 23% higher than the eight-month plan and equivalent to 84% of this year’s target, Hung noted.

He also pointing out certain difficulties and obstacles to the group and proposed several solutions to the Government and the PM.

Applauding efforts by oil and gas workers, PM Chinh said PetroVietnam has to harmoniously, reasonably, and effectively combine economic development with security - defence and social order and safety safeguarding; stability with reform; fast development with sustainability; and research, exploration, exploitation with processing and production of petrol, oil, chemicals, fibre, and yarn.

He underlined that the group must guarantee the sufficiency of energy, especially petrol and oil, for national development and defence while contributing to national industrialisation and modernisation, the formation of an independent and self-reliant economy, technological reform, digital transformation, energy and green transition, supply chain diversification, and social security ensuring.

The Government leader asked PetroVietnam to pay due attention to the Party and apparatus building; continually improve its corporate governance; restructure production and business activities to match the current context; combine petroleum exploration and exploitation with the protection of national interests, independence, and sovereignty at sea; and produce equipment for the oil and gas industry.

It also needs to stay proactive in international cooperation, the PM said, pledging that the Government always stands side by side with the group to support its development.