Photo series: Life inside the Vietnam’s largest substation amid the center of the COVID-19 pandemic

It is Phu Lam 500kV Substation managed and operated by Ho Chi Minh City Power Transmission (under Power Transmission Company No. 4). The substation is located at No. E4/39/12, 1A National Highway, Binh Tri Dong B Ward, Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City. During the 4th disease outbreak, all of 18 employees of the substation have been implementing centralized isolation from 11 May 2021 to ensure the "dual goals".

The substation was commenced on 21 January 1993, energized and officially operated on 24 May 1994. This is one of the major node substations of the North-South 500kV super-high voltage transmission grid system, an important power transmission facility in the Vietnam power system. In the photo: On-duty during the pandemic season.

Phu Lam 500kV substation is responsible for receiving and supplying power to loads in the key economic center region in the South and the Mekong Delta. The substation featured an initial design capacity of 615MVA. Through many times of reinforcement, the substation now has a total capacity of 2,676MVA, with seven transformers of all kinds. In the photo: The staff on-duty scans the QR-Code to update the equipment background and parameters at the substation.


Phu Lam 500kV Substation connects the power grid with My Tho 500kV Substation (Tien Giang province) and Nha Be and Cau Bong 500kV substations (Ho Chi Minh City). In addition, the substation also connects to a number of 110kV and 220kV substations in Ho Chi Minh City and Long An province. In the photo: Checking the drainage system in preparation for the coming stormy season.

During centralized isolation, the dining and resting areas for employees are fully equipped with essential facilities for employees to work safely. Each cadre and employee at the substation considers this place as their "second family". In the photo: Pruning trees in the substation campus after the shift.


Table tennis is the favorite sport of most employees at the substation. This is a way to exercise and relieve stress after working hours...


When leaving the equipment and operating parameters, they also have "romantic" moments to play and sing to each other, living true to the optimistic and steady "nature" of "a transmission soldier".

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