More than 85 percent of communes nationwide have been connected to the national electric power grid by the end of September, according to Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) group.

The group said electricity has been supplied to all districts across the country either via the national grid or by local sources, adding that the national grid has reached five out of the 12 island districts, namely Van Don and Co To in the northern province of Quang Ninh, Cat Hai in the northern port city of Hai Phong, Ly Son in the central province of Quang Ngai and Phu Quoc in the southern province of Kien Giang.

Also according to the group’s statistics, 24,373,000 out of the total 24,760,000 households in the country, or 98.44 percent, have been connected to the national grid.

The group reported that it has completed 97 percent of the workload of the project on upgrading and expanding the electricity grid in remote and hard-to-reach areas funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s loans, bringing electricity to 56,000 households in the four provinces of Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Tra Vinh and Soc Trang. The project will supply electricity to an additional 36,000 households by the end of this year.

More than 9,600 households have benefitted from another project to expand the national grid in the northern mountainous province of Son La, which is slated to complete at the end of this year.

EVN said it has put into operation four new turbines with a total capacity of 1,622 MW since the beginning of the year, which are turbines No. 1 and 2 at Vinh Tan 2 thermal power plant, turbine No.2 at Hai Phong 2 thermal power plant and turbine No. 1 at Song Bung 4 hydro power plant.

In the meantime, the group started construction work on three power plants – the 600 MW Thai Binh thermal power plant, the 1,200 MW Vinh Tan 4 thermal power plant and the 75 MW expansion of Thac Mo hydro power plant.

Total power output in the nine-month period reached 108 billion kWh, up 10.29 percent year on year.-VNA