Phu Quy Island has power around the clock
By Van Nam – The Saigon Times Daily
HCMC – Phu Quy Island off the south-central province of Binh Thuan is now supplied with power around the clock instead of only 16 hours a day as the Southern Power Corporation (EVN SPC) has just commissioned two more diesel-fueled generators there.
The project to boost electricity supply for the island with a population of 27,000 was inaugurated on July 1, offering residents there better quality power at prices equal to the common levels applied nationwide.
EVN SPC has raised power capacity on the island by 5MW by spending a total of VND10 billion to install two more diesel generators, a diesel tank measuring 400 cubic meters and a diesel pipeline from Phu Quy Port to the power plant, as well as upgrading a 42-kilometer power line on the island.
On June 1, power prices on the island were set equal to national power prices instead of being 2-5 times higher as they had been since 2011, following the Government’s Decision 28/2014/QD-TTg, which applies common national power prices for all consumers in rural areas that are not connected to the national power grid.
In August 2012, Phu Quy wind power plant of PetroVietnam Power Corporation started operation with a capacity of 6MW, helping to raise electricity output on the island.
Phu Quy is home to many seafood processing firms of Binh Thuan Province, which consume a large amount of electricity. Due to high prices of power, at up to VND7,300 a kWh, nearly 20 enterprises have moved their businesses from the island to mainland Phan Thiet City or La Gi Town of the province.
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