The National Power Transmission Corporation (NPTC), a subsidiary of the state-owned Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) Group, has commissioned the 500 kV line going through the southern provinces of Dong Nai and Binh Duong. The line is aimed at boosting the capacity of the grid network connecting the northern and southern regions of the country. Construction on the line entailed an investment of 260 billion dong, which was provided by NPTC. General Electric was the equipment supplier for the line project. In a separate development, EVN plans to build a 500 kV line to connect hydropower plants located in the country’s northern region to the national grid. The 158 km line will pass through the northern mountainous provinces of Son La, Dien Bien, and Lai Chau. The project is estimated to cost around 4 trillion dong. EVN is currently preparing for site clearance, and looking for contractors and financiers for the project.