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While having command, Vladimir Lenin once declared his formula, “Communism = Soviet power + the electrification of the whole country.”. Leninism has taught communist countries the important role of electric. One could pick up soviet spirit — without charge — from Russia, but electric get to be bought from somewhere else…


I took this photo of electric grid system while on my way to Stone Forest, using the six-lane Kunming-Shilin Expressway.

Although it is suffering from an acute power shortage, China has agreed to deliver large amounts of electricity to Vietnam. The deal calls for a 110,000-volt power line linking Wenshan county in Yunnan province with north Vietnam's Ha Giang province, the Beijing Youth Daily (Beijing Qingnian Bao/ nhật bįo Thanh Niźn Bắc Kinh) said. "Power transport is emerging as a new channel for economic cooperation with the Mekong sub-region, on top of the channels already provided by land, sea and air transport."

China South Power Grid, the power distributor that reached the recent agreement for the power line to Vietnam, admitted the deal comes at a time when China itself is desperately short of energy.

To be able to export power from the future 460-mw Malutang Dam to Vietnam by 2019, Yunnan is investing US$68 million to complete the “interconnection” of electric from its Malutang Hydro Power Plant to Soc Son and the Hanoi area.

By July 2005, China had transmitted 8.86 million kwh of electricity to Vietnam, a deal worth US$381,079. According to another 4.3-million contract signed with a Vietnam Power Company, China will deliver 100 million kw, via Dongxing city to serve Quang Ninh Province. In addition, a power enterprise in Yunnan Province has inked similar contracts with the Vietnam Power Company 1 to export electric power to north Vietnam. Under the contracts, the PC1 buys the Chinese company's electricity via the 110kv transmission line with a capacity of 50-70mw and annual output of 180-200 million kwh to serve the two northern provinces of Ha Giang and Yen Bai. The contract will expire in Dec 2006. The PC1 signed its first contract with the Chinese partner in early April 2004, under which it imports electricity from China with a capacity of 40mw and annual output of 180-200 million kwh to serve the northern province of Lao Cai.
In Dec 2004, the PC1 inked a similar contract with another Chinese partner, under which the former purchase electricity from the Guangxi Electric Power Group Co. Ltd. under the China Southern Power Grid with a capacity of 25mw and annual output of 100-130 million kwh to serve the northern province of Quang Ninh.

Update: Vietnam buys more power from China


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