A 22 kilovolt submarine power cable was inaugurated in Ho Chi Minh City on April 17, formally connecting Thach An island commune in Can Gio district to the national power grid.

As the city’s first project transmitting power to its only island commune, the cable has been under construction since December 18, 2014, costing over 200 billion VND (9.5 million USD).

Its second phase will conclude in the third quarter of this year, covering the construction of two power stations in Can Thach Township and Thach An commune.

The project will enable each local to consume 900-1,000 kilowatt hours per year instead of the current 250-300 kilowatt hours, said Deputy Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Minh Ha.

Local residents used to rely on diesel generators to light their homes and power their TVs, said an islander.

The inauguration ceremony was hosted by the Ho Chi Minh City Power Corporation and the district’s People’s Committee.-VNA