City’s island to get access to power grid

14-Nov-2014 Intellasia | TBKTSG | 6:00 AM Print This Post

More than 4,700 residents on Thanh An Island off HCM City’s Can Gio District will be able to use electricity from the national grid from the middle of next year, according to HCM City Power Corporation.

Pham Quoc Bao, deputy general director of the State utility company, said the corporation is expected to finish a project to connect the city’s only island commune with the national grid by an undersea cable line by the end of April next year.

The 6.3-kilometer cable line will cost VND180 billion and be financed by the World Bank’s loan.

Households on the island have used electricity generated by diesel oil or solar power facilities for years. However, the power supply is unstable, and the cost for diesel-generated electricity is six times higher than normal.

In a related development, 10-kilometer power transmission lines to supply power to Kien Hai Island off mainland Kien Giang Province are also being built by the Southern Power Corporation. The project is expected for completion by the end of this year.

Many islands in the country are currently connected to the national power grid, such as Van Don, Cat Hai, Phu Quoc, Co To and Ly Son, while some others like Bach Long Vi, Con Dao, Hoang Sa, Kien Hai and Truong Sa are still reliant on diesel-fueled generators.


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