20 November 2002 – The first phase of a World Bank-supported national rural energy development project has almost been completed, announced Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) Tuesday, following a meeting of the project management board.
The four-year project, which started in November 2000 aims to give all households in the target area access to electricity. To date, equipment have been installed in 338 of the 340 chosen communes in the north, 156 of 163 communes in the central region and 104 of 106 communes in the south.
The power network has been connected to 172 communes. By the end of October, the WB had disbursed more than $42m loans and the EVN, 56bn VND ($3.64 million). Sixty per cent of the households in the beneficiary communes now have access to power.
From now to the Lunar New Year Festival, the EVN will supply electricity to 400 more communes. To fully use the World Bank’s preferential loan, the government has allowed the EVN to implement a second phase of the project in 291 communes, including those in central Thanh Hoa and Nghe An provinces. With the implementation of the second phase, a total of 902 communes will benefit from the rural energy project.