Work starts on Southeast Asia's longest submarine power cable in Vietnam

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  Workers install a 57.33-kilometer submarine power cable in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang November 17

The installation of Southeast Asia's longest undersea power cable began in the Mekong Delta Province of Kien Giang Sunday.

To cost over VND2.3 trillion (US$107.8 million), the 57.33-kilometer 110kV cable will run from Ha Tien town to Phu Quoc Island, supplying "cheaper" and "stable" power to the latter, which is being developed into an important "special economic zone" and ecotourism area.

According to the Southern Power Corporation (EVN SPC), a unit of the state-owned Electricity of Vietnam, the onshore work is complete and the submarine installation, done by the Italian-owned Prysmian Group, will take around 25 days.

The power will start flowing next January.

Nguyen Thanh Duy, director general of EVN SPC, said at the groundbreaking ceremony that the cable would help lower power prices in Phu Quoc from VND5,060 per kWh at the moment to the country's average of VND1,508.85.

Home to 103,000 people, the island now uses power from on-site diesel generators, with 88 percent of households being connected.

This has failed to meet the demand from increasing tourism, production, and other business activities.  

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