Vietnam brings power to island district

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An aerial view of Ly Son District in Quang Ngai Province. Photo: Hien Cu

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung pressed the inaugural button that connected the island district of Ly Son to the national grid on Sunday, Vietnam News Agency reported.
The US$30.7 million installation of 26km of underground cables began last October and finished three months ahead of schedule, making Ly Son the third island district in the country to join the national power grid, after Co To in Quang Ninh Province and Phu Quoc in Kien Giang Province.
As many as 22,000 Ly Son islanders now enjoy a reliable round-the-clock supply of electricity around the clock.
In the past, they only enjoyed erratic access to electricity that generally only lasted for six hours per day. 
The Quang Ngai provincial government expects that the project will help boost development and provide essential logistical services to fishermen throughout the province.
Quang Ngai hopes investors will now help improve the quality and cost of tourist services on the island.
Ly Son District, famous for its garlic and beautiful beaches, is part of a government zoning project to add over 45,300 hectares to the Dung Quat Economic Zone.
Ly Son is one of six islands across the country that has been recognized for its economic and strategic significance.

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