Co To island on the verge of national power grid link-up

Residents in Co To island district in the northern province of Quang Ninh have excitedly reacted to the news that the national power grid will soon cover the whole island.

The 1.1 trillion VND (51.7 million USD) power project, which started at the end of last December, is proceeding rapidly in order to bring light to the island residents by October 15, more than ten days ahead of schedule.

According to Nguyen Phuc Vinh, President and CEO of the Northern Electricity Corporation, the project is the first of its kind in Vietnam with about 30 kilometres of cables running on the seabed at a depth of up to 30 metres.

Thanks to the effort of engineers and workers, the project is unprecedented in its quality and speedy implementation, Vinh noted.

Nguyen Dinh Ly, an engineer of Thai Duong Electric Construction Co.Ltd, the project’s constructor, said about 80 percent of the work had been done by September 28.

All the elements of the project are expected to be completed by October 10, said Phung Ngoc Phong, Director of the Quang Ninh provincial Electricity Company.

The development, which has been launched to celebrate Quang Ninh’s 50 th founding anniversary (October 30) will help raise local living standards while boosting economic growth in the island district.

Presently, electrical equipment on Co To island is powered by diesel generators and solar panels, which makes prices much higher than the national average.

VNA

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