|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung meets with children from southern Kien Giang Province during the ceremony to launch the project to supply power to Lai Son island commune in Kien Hai District of the province yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vu
KIEN GIANG (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung launched a project to supply power to Lai Son island commune in Kien Hai District, the southern province of Kien Giang yesterday, benefiting 1,956 households.
According to the Southern Power Corporation, a 110-kilovolt transmission line will be installed with a total cost of VND368 billion (US$16.4 million). The 43.9-kilometre-long line includes 19.4-km inland and 24.5-km sea-crossing segments using 48 power poles.
A 110-kV transformer station with two 25-MVA transformers will also be constructed. The project is scheduled to be completed in April 2016.
Addressing the launching ceremony, PM Dung said the project, the country's largest sea crossing 110kV line, was expected to boost local socio-economic growth, improve the living conditions of locals and attract investment.
It would help reduce the use of diesel generators on the island, easing pollution, and improve defence on the island, helping protect national sovereignty and sovereignty rights over the sea and other islands, he said.
He praised efforts of the Electricity of Viet Nam, the Southern Power Corporation and Kien Giang government in implementing the project, meeting the demand for socio-economic and tourism development in Lai Son.
Located in the southwest waters of the country and 60 kilometres southwest of Rach Gia City, Lai Son Island covers 1,095 hectares and has a population of 8,120 people.
Currently, local residents only have access to electricity for half the day using diesel generators, which greatly affects their economy and living conditions.
Lai Son is one of seven island communes benefiting from a programme to connect inshore islands in Kien Giang with the national power grid, with over VND1.5 trillion ($66.7 million) invested, bringing power to 8,600 households.
Lai Son is included in the first phase of the three-phase programme spanning from 2015-16. In the second phase, from 2016-18, power will be supplied to the four communes of Hon Nghe, Son Hai, Tien Hai and Hon Thom via a 22-kV transmission line with VND474 billion ($21 million) in total investment.
In the last phase from 2018-20, An Son and Nam Du communes will be connected to the power grid using a 22-kV undersea transmission line with a cost of VND664 billion ($29.5 million).
Cable car project
Also yesterday, PM Dung issued an order to kick off a construction project of a resort complex on Hon Thom Island and a cable car linking it with Phu Quoc Island, off the southern province of Kien Giang.
According to the project's investor Sun Group, the three-track cable car will be 8km long, connecting An Thoi town in Phu Quoc district and Hon Thom island.
Once completed, it is expected to be the world's longest three-track cable car system, longer than the 1.5km Mt. Fansipan cable which currently holds the record.
The cable car runs at an average speed of 8.5 metres per second and is capable of carrying 3,500 passengers per hour.
The first phase of the project costs approximately VND4.9 trillion (nearly US$218 million) and uses the most modern cable car technology imported from Austria-based producer, Doppelmayr Geraventa Group, renowned for building thousands of aerial ropeways worldwide, including in the Alps (France) and Table Mountain (South Africa).
The Hon Thom complex will be built into a world-class resort with a marina, hydro plane service, marine and cuisine villages alongside an entertainment park featuring adventure games and scuba diving.
The Sun Group aim to launch the cable car project on April 30, 2017 and believed the resort complex would improve local incomes and boost the province's economic growth, said its General Director Dang Minh Truong. — VNS