|Electricity of Vietnam plans to supply power to all rural areas by 2020. — VNA/VNS Photo Ngoc Ha
HA NOI (VNS) — National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung awarded the Ho Chi Minh Order yesterday to the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) company.
This is the second time the EVN was awarded the Ho Chi Minh Order, which acknowledged the sector's contributions to the nation's construction and development.
In his remarks, EVN General Director Pham Le Thanh said the sector now boasted facilities with a total capacity of 34,000MW, generating 160 billion kWh of electricity per year, ranking third in Southeast Asia and 31st globally in terms of power supplies and its network.
In 2014, the total output of commercial electricity in the service of the nation's development reached 127 billion kWh, while its annual growth for the 2000-14 period averaged 13.2 per cent.
Also, the national grid has been extended to Co To island district in the northern province of Quang Ninh, Phu Quoc and Kien Hai in the southern province of Kien Giang and Ly Son in the central province of Quang Ngai, often via submarine cable systems.
Looking back at the past 60 years, the EVN was honoured with the Ho Chi Minh Order in 1996 and the Gold Star Order in 2004, with 11 units and 6 individuals winning the title of labour hero in the renewal period. Speaking to the EVN staff, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai asked staff members to continue increasing infrastructure and corporate governance practices by adopting technological advances.
He also expressed his wish that EVN would complete its plan to bring electricity to all rural areas by 2020, thus assisting the government campaign for new rural development to succeed. So far, all districts, over 99 per cent of communes, and 98 per cent of rural households have access to electricity, outperforming their peers throughout the countries of the region. — VNS