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1.6 million Tibetans benefit from power grid upgrading
update:January 29,2018
Jan. 29, 2018 -- Higher level of electricity access has been realized in Tibet's rural areas thanks to the power grid upgrading project, benefiting nearly 1.6 million people, according to the Tibet branch of the State Grid Corporation of China.

Jan. 29, 2018 -- Pumachangtang Township. (Photo by Zhou Wenyuan)

Pumachangtang Township, with an average altitude of 5,373 meters, is located in the north of the Himalayas. Now a 35-kilovolt transmission line and a 35-kilovolt transformer substation have been established in the town.

Jan. 29, 2018 -- The herdsman makes buttered tea with an electrical appliance. (Photo by Zhou Wenyuan)

The previous electric transmission lines in Pumachangtang impeded its economic growth because of limited overloading capacity, high altitude and extreme climates.

From 2016 to 2017, the government pumped 11.9 billion yuan into power grid upgrading project, benefiting almost 3,000 villages of 62 counties in Tibet.

Jan. 29, 2018 -- Workers of the State Grid Corporation of China in Tibet upgrade power grid in Drigu Township, Tsomey County, Lhoka Prefecture, Tibet. (Photo provided by the Tibet branch of the State Grid Corporation of China)

"Now herdsmen can process animal husbandry products with stable electricity supply,” said Rigzin Dorje, president of the People's Congress in Pumachangtang.

Jan. 29, 2018 -- Workers celebrate the completion of power grid upgrading project in Senbu Village, Gegyai Township, Gegyai County, the first project in Tibet’s Ngari Prefecture. (Photo provided by the Tibet branch of the State Grid Corporation of China)

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