Vietnam's Ly Son Island to get grid connection
The government of Vietnam will spend around US$14.4 million USD to connect of central Quang Ngai province’s Ly Son island to the national grid.
The move came after a range of projects aimed to provide electricity to the island failed to realise for many years due to the low selling price of electricity not covering the big investment capital.
The Power Engineering Consulting Joint Stock Company 2 has finished surveying activities on the island and is ready to start construction. A 26-km underground cable will start from the province’s Sa Ky port to Ly Son island with a capacity of 10MW.
The project is scheduled to finish after 27 months and provide 24 hours of daily electricity, around the clock for 20,000 local islanders.
Quang Ngai Power Company has provided electricity only six hours a day after 5pm for the past ten years in the two communes of An Hai and An Vinh, said Tran But, chairman of the An Vinh commune.
Agricultural and fishing activities in the commune have met with difficulties due to lack of electricity, But said.
The islanders have to use oil or charcoal to replace electricity for both daily life and production activities. Some use an electric generator to pump water for crops, he said.
The islanders always hope to be provided with electricity 24 hours per day, But said.
Ly Son district, covering 14sq. km, is about 24 km far from the mainland and has a population of over 20,000.-VNA