|A 35km power line including 26.2km of underground cable will provide electricity for the 21,000 residents of An Vinh and An Hai, the major villages on the island.— File Photo
QUANG NGAI (VNS) — Ly Son Island will have electricity and clean water in the third quarter next year, chairman of the island People's Committee Tran Ngoc Nguyen confirmed on Monday.
Construction on the VND652.5 billion (US$31 million) power and VND22 billion ($1.04 million) clean water projects would start early next year, she said.
A 35km power line including 26.2km of underground cable will provide electricity for the 21,000 residents of An Vinh and An Hai, the major villages on the island.
The clean water system will cover shortages of water in the dry season (June-September). Its daily capacity of 1,000 cubic metres will increase to 6,000 cubic metres by 2020.
The chairman said the power network would fuel fisheries and farms and improve living standards for islanders.
"The island has to pay an average of VND10 billion annually to cover the costs of diesel generators. Last year, we had to pay VND18.3 billion because the low electricity prices did not cover the initial investment," Nguyen said.
"We hope that the stable electricity source will help boost agriculture, fishery and tourism." — VNS