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New power transmission line proves qualifications of local contractors

The completion of the north-south 500-kV power transmission line (circuit two) has proved the qualifications of Vietnamese engineers and workers involved with the project, according to Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the 1,600 km transmission line, held in Ha Tay on October 23 by the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN), Dung noted that all stages of the project, from designing, building, supervising and inspecting, were conducted by Vietnamese engineers and workers. This, he added, proves that the contingent of local engineers and workers have mastered the advanced technology needed for large-scale projects.

He further said that the operation of the line will provide much-needed electricity for the national industrialisation and modernisation process.

The transmission line runs from Pleiku town of the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai to Thuong Tin town of the northern province of Ha Tay through 21 cities and provinces and is connected to seven transformer stations with a total capacity of 3,600 MW.

The project, built at a cost of US $475 million from commercial loans, Government bonds, World Bank loans and EVN capital, aims to reduce serious power shortages in the northern and central regions. The line also helps reinforce the quality of the national electricity grid, mobilise available energy sources, and reduce production costs.

Nhan Dan - (24/10/2005)

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