China to Export 2.5bn Kwh of Electricity to Vietnam
Apr 29, 2007 - BBC Monitoring Asia
China will export 2.5bn kilowatt-
hours of electricity to Vietnam this year through
a network of five power transmission lines, the
China Southern Power Grid Company said on Sunday.
The company has enhanced the power
transmission capacity to Vietnam by inaugurating
a second 220-kilovolt line linking Wenshan in southwest
China's Yunnan Province with Ha Giang in Vietnam,
said Yuan Maozhen, president of the China Southern
Power Grid Company.
"It will supply power to Vietnam
for 10 years and will transmit an average 1bn kWh
of electricity a year," he said.
The Wenshan-Ha Giang power transmission
line is 300 kilometres long, including 170 kilometres
in China, and was built at a cost of 413m yuan (53m
The first 220-kilovolt power transmission
line between China and Vietnam was inaugurated last
September in Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province.
In addition, three 110-kilovolt lines
have been in operation since September 2004 to supply
electricity to Vietnam by way of Yunnan Province
and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
By the end of March, the four existing
lines had transmitted 1.84bn kilowatt hours, worth
80.76m US dollars to Vietnam, said Yuan.
Construction of the power transmission
network is part of a 500m US dollar power supply
contract signed in October 2005 between the China
Southern Power Grid Company and the state-owned
Electricity of Vietnam (EVN).
Under the contract, the Chinese company
will supply electricity to six provinces in northern
Vietnam for at least 10 years.
According to Yuan, his company has
signed a memorandum of understanding with Laos and
Cambodia on three hydropower projects with an installed
capacity of 3.52m kiloW. It is also involved in
the construction of generation and transmission
facilities in Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar [Burma] and
other countries in the Mekong River valley.
Cross-border cooperation on the development
and distribution of the rich hydropower resources
of the Mekong river valley will contribute to the
development and prosperity of the countries in the
region, he said.
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