China’s least populated township in Tibet connected to national grid

Source:Xinhua Published: 2018/1/2 23:13:39

A sparsely populated township in Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region has been connected to the state electricity grid, ending life without electricity for its 32 residents, local authorities said Tuesday.

The 15-kilometer 10-kilovolt power line, which took five months to complete, is connected to remote Yulmed Township in Luntse county, Shannan, via 108 electric poles over a 5,000-meter-high mountain, according to the contractor, a Xining-based electric power company in neighboring Qinghai Province.

Yulmed has an average elevation of 3,650 meters above sea level and its population was once just a three-member household. Currently, it has nine households.

In 2008, the local government built a small hydropower station, but the project failed to meet increasing power demands of the residents.

Due to improved living standards and growing need for electricity of the residents, power outages were frequent.


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