The U.S. and its key Pacific allies announced plans to build a $1.7 billion electricity grid in Papua New Guinea, in an effort to counter China’s growing influence in the region, reports T&D World.
The leaders of Australia, Japan and New Zealand joined the U.S. in signing the partnership accord, which aims to connect 70% of the population to electricity by 2030, up from current 13%.
The project would also include fiber-optic internet cables and would allow the nation to “participate in the global economy.”
The investment is part of an effort to offer an alternative to China’s Belt-and-Road Initiative in the region.
Source: T&D World