Phu Quoc to join national power network by 2015
HCM CITY (VNS)â€” Phu Quoc Island will be connected with the national electricity grid by an undersea cable system by 2015.
The island constantly faces a severe shortage of electricity since numerous tourism projects are in progress, forcing it to rely on diesel generators and often causing outages in many parts.
This has hindered tourism development on the island, according to Huynh Quang Hung, deputy chairman of the Phu Quoc District People’s Committee, and the island is in need of a stable power supply system, especially after the opening of the Phu Quoc International Airport last December.
In 2007 the Ministry of Industry and Trade commissioned Electricity of Viet Nam to lay a 110KV cable across the sea to Phu Quoc island from Ha Tien in Kien Giang Province.
The Government has instructed speedy disbursement of funds for the work, according to the ministry.
Construction of the 55.8km, 31 MVA cable is expected to cost VND2.4 trillion (US$114 million) is start early next year.
Prysmian Powerlink SRL, the Italian contractor for the project, is currently fabricating the cable.
Prysmian said it would be the longest of its kind in Southeast Asia.
Hung said once laid the cable would ensure stable power supply to the island, promote its economic development, and reduce the use of diesel generators and, thus, environmental pollution. â€” VNS