Southeast Asia’s longest 220kV offshore power line to be operational next month

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2022 08:38

The Kien Binh - Phu Quoc 220kV offshore overhead power transmission line, the longest in Southeast Asia, will be operational in September. — Photo

The longest 220kV offshore overhead power transmission line in Southeast Asia, connecting the mainland of the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang and its resort island of Phu Quoc, will be put into operation in September.

The project, connecting Kien Binh Commune of Kien Luong District in the mainland and Phu Quoc Island, has been developed by Vietnam Electricity (EVN)’s Southern Power Company (EVNSPC) with a total investment of over VND2.2 trillion (nearly US$93.94 million).

Construction of the 80.44km power line started in March 2019. It consists of 169 transmission towers, including 117 installed at sea with a total length of 64.7km.

The project is now 95 per cent finished with the mainland’s section completed while that on the island is still under construction. The EVNSPC is racing against time to put the finishing touches on the Phu Quoc section so the project can be operational next month.

All construction materials used in the project are made in Viet Nam.

The Kien Binh – Phu Quoc 220kV power line is expected to ensure stable supply for Phu Quoc, given that electricity demand on the resort island has been increasing since the beginning of 2022 after tourism activities resumed. The island has seen more than 50 per cent growth in power demand annually since 2014 when it was connected with the national grid.

The power demand by the island is projected to increase to around 120MW by the end of this year and to 170MW in 2023, causing overloads to the existing Ha Tien – Phu Quoc undersea 110kV power cables. — VNS

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