Con Dao Islands to access national power grid

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(VOVWORLD) - A project worth VND4.8 trillion (207 million USD) has been approved to have the national grid reach Con Dao Islands off Vietnam's southern coast.

Con Dao Islands to access national power grid - ảnh 1A beach on Con Dao Islands in 2020 (Photo: VnExpress)

The Ministry of Industry and Trade will work with the authorities of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province that administers Con Dao to draw up a specific plan, as approved in principle by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

Power will be provided by a station in the coastal Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang via a cable line stretching three kilometers on land and 15 kilometers under the shallow sea off Soc Trang before being transferred via a submarine cable of 78 kilometers to Con Dao.

The project will include a 110 kV substation.

Thus far, Con Dao Archipelago, a top tourist attraction in southern Vietnam, has been using electricity generated by a diesel generator, which has failed to meet actual demand.

Con Dao comprises 16 islands that spread across 76 square kilometers with a population of 10,500. Con Son, the biggest island, is the only one inhabited.

The archipelago is considered to lie at a crucial and strategic position in terms of socio-economic development and national defense and security.

According to a master development plan, Con Dao is set to become a modern economic and tourist zone of regional and international scale.