The electricity is bright, the island is far away
Add power, ensure enough power
At the end of January 2015, the pilot solar power project in Con Dao was officially completed and generated electricity after 10 months of construction. The project has a peak capacity of 36 kW, with an estimated annual power output of more than 51 MWh, including 7 photovoltaic module arrays, 2 converters from DC to AC and monitored and monitored from over a data transmission system using 3G waves. The project has a total investment of about 140 thousand euros, funded by the Spanish government and transferred to the Southern Electricity Corporation (EVNSPC) for operation and exploitation.
Despite its small scale, this solar power project creates a premise for the use of green, clean and environmentally friendly forms of energy, and at the same time, adds a new source of electricity to the island to serve the economy. society. At the same time, EVNSPC also additionally invested and put into operation two generators, bringing the total available capacity of diesel power source in Con Dao to 4,340 kW, double the previous capacity.
Before August 2012, Phu Quy island district was supplied with electricity from Phu Quy diesel plant with a total capacity of 3000 kW, providing electricity for 16 hours/day. By August 2012, Phu Quy wind power consisting of 3 turbines of 2000kW/turbine was put into commercial power generation and by July 2014, the power supply on Phu Quy island was carried out 24 hours/day. In order to ensure the operation and supply of electricity in the situation of increased electricity use and increase the frequency of maintenance and maintenance of the plant and the power grid after 24h/day of power generation operation, Binh Thuan Power Company has must increase human resources from the mainland to support the island.
The highly saline climatic conditions of Phu Quy and Con Dao islands always have a great influence on the safe operation of the power system. Due to the long distance, the transportation of fuel and materials and equipment for production and business is difficult. However, the power units on the island always make efforts to meet the demand for electricity for economic and social development and maintain security and defense in the forward island of the country.
From mid-2014, the Government decided to bring the electricity price in the islands back to the level on par with the mainland. This creates excitement and is a great motivation for people and businesses on the island to develop production and business.
When he heard that the power source was added and the electricity price decreased, Mr. Nguyen Quang Hien, owner of Quang Minh pure ice production facility (Con Dao) planned to expand production, replace technological equipment and invest. Depot. He said that his family's ice production line has an initial capacity of 10 tons/day, but recently it only ran with a capacity of 2 tons/day, because electricity and water prices are too high, so there is no profit, even The more you do, the more you lose.
With the electricity price of 9,000 VND/kWh as before, he has to pay 50-60 million VND for electricity every month. Since the price of electricity has fallen to the same price as the mainland, along with that level of production, he only has to pay 13-14 million VND/month. “Sufficient electricity, stable quality, reduced prices… are great motivations for not only me but also many other businesses and people to boldly invest and expand production” - Mr. Hien said.
Deputy director of Ba Ria - Vung Tau Workers' Resort in Con Dao, Mr. Nguyen Duc Hiep also said that due to the decrease in electricity prices, the hotel's electricity bill dropped sharply from about 250 million VND to 70 million VND. VND/month. As a result, the motel has funds to invest in renovating equipment in the direction of saving electricity and improving the quality of service for visitors. Thanks to enough electricity, the price has decreased, so this motel is investing in expanding 30 more rooms, bringing the total number of rooms to 98.
Mr. Nguyen Thanh Chinh - Chairman of the People's Committee of Con Dao district said that thanks to the adequate supply of electricity, the ability to meet the increasing demand for accommodation and other services, the number of tourists coming to Con Dao is also increasing. increasingly high. The frequency of flights between Ho Chi Minh City - Con Dao and other people also increased, sometimes to 10-12 flights/day. It is expected that in 2015 the number of visitors to Con Dao will be 105,370, an increase of 8.5% compared to 2014.