|Thousands of households in Son La Province are benefiting from a US$25-million project that connects them to the national power grid. — Photo chinhphu.vn
SON LA (VNS) — A joint project of Electricity of Viet Nam and the Northern Power Corporation has helped to link about 22,700 ethnic minority households in Son La Province with the national grid.
The VND557-billion (US$25 million) project was launched in the northern mountainous province in May, with 85 per cent of the funding coming from the state budget and the rest from the Northern Power Corporation.
Director of Son La Province's Electricity Company Luu Quang Thai said the project aimed to support social-economic development, guarantee security, and improve the education and cultural level of the ethnic minority region.
It comprises the construction of a 1,417m-long grid and 218 substations, and the installation of more than 30,000 electricity meters.
The project covers 72 remote and ethnic minority villages in the province.
It was said at yesterday's ceremony, held to review the project, that the number of households accessing the national grid had touched 75.2 per cent of its target.
At the ceremony, officials of both the Northern Power Corporation and Son La Province's Electricity Company said the project would continue its efforts to connect 5,340 ethnic minority households in two districts of Mai Son and Song Ma to the national grid by the end of this year.
The number of households connected to the national grid in Son La Province has risen to 86.1 per cent from 76.3 per cent in 2011. — VNS