Co To Island in the northern province of Quang Ninh have been official connected to the national power grid following highest efforts of local authorities and the country’s electricity sector.

At the ceremony to mark the connection on October 16, National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong said the event is important to not only Quang Ninh province, but also to the whole nation, marking a step forward in improving the living conditions of disadvantaged islanders.

She hoped the stable power supply will help the island’s socio-economic development, thus contributing to defending the national sea and islands.

According to Nguyen Phuc Vinh, President and CEO of the Northern Electricity Corporation, the project is the first of its kind in Vietnam with about 30 kilometres of cables running on the seabed at a depth of up to 30 metres.

The 1.1-trillion-VND project, begun in last December, was unprecedented in its quality and speedy implementation, he said.-VNA