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Hainan linked to the national grid

WORKERS connected southern China's Hainan Island to the national power grid yesterday.

The workers drew one of three planned seabed cables onshore at Linshi Isle in Chengmai, a county in Hainan Province, through the Qiongzhou Strait at 3:28pm. It runs from Xuwen in Guangdong Province and is 32 kilometers long.

The 500-kilovolt seabed power transmission project is the first of its kind on Chinese mainland and the second in the world after Canada, said Shang Chun, deputy general manager of the China Southern Power Grid.

Two other cables will be installed late this month. All three cables, produced by Nexans of Norway, will eventually be linked up to the Fushan power transformer substation based in Chengmai County. They will go into service in late June. The project will cost about 2.5 billion yuan (US$365.6 million).


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