Phu Quoc Island Connects To The National Electricity
Southern Power Corporation (EVN SPC) says Phu Quoc Island, off the coast of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, is now connected to the national electricity grid by an undersea cable system.
The development will stabilize electricity supply on the island as the tourism industry expands with more hotels adding considerable pressure on the island’s utilities.
Costing US$111 million, the 55.8-km 110kV cable, the longest one of its kind in Southeast Asia, runs from Ha Tien town to Phu Quoc Island. Laying the cable and connecting to the grid took almost a year to complete.
It supplies a cheaper and more stable power source to the resort island, which is being developed as a “special economic zone” and ecotourism area.
The island relies on a single thermal electric power plant and faces an acute shortage of electricity as numerous tourism projects develop.
The island has been given a special status to allow visa-free entry for foreigners for up to 30 days effective 10 March.
The new policy is designed to support tourism to the island.
Visa-free stays will be allowed for up to 30 days, but travelers must either enter through the island’s sea port or through its airport after transiting through Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City’s international airports.
Visa exemption applies to: Brunei; Cambodia; Indonesia; Laos; Malaysia; Philippines; Singapore; Thailand; Myanmar; Japan; South Korea; Denmark; Finland; Norway; Sweden; and Russia.
A district of the southern Mekong Delta province, Phu Quoc Island has a total area of 574 sqm and a permanent population of approximately 85,000. In 2006, Phu Quoc was recognized as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
Phu Quoc Island should welcome 2 to 3 million tourists a year by 2020, with international tourists accounting for 35% to 40%. By 2030 it should attract 5 to 7 million.
According to the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, around 548,000 tourists visited Phu Quoc January to October last year, up 27.8% year-on-year.
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