Electricity lights up communes in Lai Chau hinh anh 1All communes in Lai Chau were connected to the national grid (Photo:VNA)

All communes in the northern province of Lai Chau were connected to the national grid six months earlier than expected, as heard at a ceremony to mark the event in the locality on August 6.

Addressing the ceremony, Director of the Lai Chau Power Company Cao Ngoc Lac highlighted the significance of the event, saying it contributes to bringing practical benefits to people across the province, especially those in remote areas.

Power facilities help improve living conditions for locals in rural and ethnic minority-inhabited zones, he reported, adding that his company will intensify rural electrification programmes in Lai Chau, focusing mainly on hamlets and villages that do not yet have access to electricity.

The unit will also continue with a project to expand and upgrade electricity networks in remote areas in the locality towards bringing electricity to 100 percent of hamlets and villages in Lai Chau by 2018. It also targets to supply electricity to almost all individual households by 2020.

So far, nearly 1,600 kilometres of medium-voltage power lines, over 1,290 kilometres of low-voltage power lines and 682 transformer stations have been constructed and installed around the province, providing electricity for more than 77,000 customers.

On the occasion, the Prime Minister, the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) Group and the provincial People’s Committee presented certificates of merit to organisations and individuals in recognition of their contributions to fulfilling the project ahead of schedule.-VNA