On October 10, 2020, in Quy Nhon City (Binh Dinh Province), a ceremony to announce the completion of the national grid to Nhon Chau island commune took place. Attending the ceremony were Mr. Hoang Quoc Vuong – Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Mr. Giorgio Aleberti – Ambassador of the European Union (EU) in Vietnam, leaders of Binh Dinh and Phu Yen Provincial People’s Committee, a large number of people in Nhon Chau island commune.
Mr. Giorgio Aleberti – Ambassador of the European Union (EU) in Vietnam (Image: EVEF)
Mr. Ho Quoc Dung, Chairman of Binh Dinh Provincial People’s Committee, said that Nhon Chau island commune (also known as Cu Lao Xanh island) is a front-end island commune of the country, located about 12 nautical miles from the mainland. The commune has more than 600 households with nearly 3,000 people. Before the national grid, every year Binh Dinh and Quy Nhon City allocate billions of VND to supply electricity by diesel generators for about 8 hours / day. However, the power source is not stable and often affect the work of ensuring national security and defense along with the economic development of the people on the island.
Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade emphasized: In the period of 2021-2025, he will continue to work closely with central ministries and agencies to bring electricity to all the remaining rural households that do not have electricity in the country. For 3 mountainous villages in Binh Dinh that still do not have electricity, the Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade suggested the People’s Committee of Binh Dinh province continue to coordinate with central ministries, Vietnam Electricity, and Central Power Corporation to mobilize resources so that people in remote and isolated villages of the province will soon have electricity to use.
The ceremony took place successfully (Image: EVEF)
Energy is one of the areas of close cooperation between the European Union and Vietnam. The first EU energy program focuses on increasing access to sustainable energy in rural areas of Vietnam. And have supported the Government of Vietnam to implement the target program on electrification in rural, mountainous and island areas.
The end of the ceremony (Image: EVEF)
The underground cable line connecting the power grid to Nhon Chau Island is a tangible result and success story of cooperation between the EU, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, EVN and the local authorities in this program.
The underground cable project for Nhon Chau Island has a total investment of 351.5 billion VND (of which 280 billion VND is financed by the EU, the rest is reciprocal capital of EVNCPC), invested by Central Power Corporation. The project started in May 2020 and successfully energized, put into operation at 16:34 on August 18, 2020, with the aim of supplying stable and continuous from the national grid to more than 600 households, agencies and organizations on Nhon Chau island.