Phu Quoc joins national power network

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The last stages of construction on the power network connecting Ha Tien and Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc Island off the coast of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang was connected to the national electricity grid by an undersea cable system on February 2, the Southern Power Corporation (EVN SPC) said.

Costing VND2.33 trillion (US$111 million), the 55.8-kilometer 110kV cable, the longest one of its kind in Southeast Asia, runs from Ha Tien town to Phu Quoc Island. Construction had begun in November last year.

It is built to supply cheaper and more stable power to the resort island, which is being developed into an important “special economic zone” and ecotourism area. But the island so far relies on only one thermal electric power plan and regularly faces a severe shortage of electricity since numerous tourism projects are in progress.

Authorities of Kien Giang Province along with EVN SPC held an inauguration ceremony for the cable on February 6.

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