Last Updated: 2018-06-12
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MONTEVIDEO, June 12 (NNN-Xinhua) -- Uruguay is working to identify around 900 families with no access to electricity to ensure universal access, an official said on Monday.

"The government has the objective to complete electrification in the entire country," said Alvaro Garcia, director of the Office of Planning and Budget (OPP) at a press conference, adding that "99.7 percent of Uruguayans have lighting."

Reporting on the progress of a program "Uruguay, everyone with light," Garcia said that 2,710 families had no power in 2012. That number has now dropped to around 1,500, and 600 of them have already signed up to be connected to the grid by the state power company known as UTE.

"This changes people's quality of life. Some had been waiting for 40 years for power," the official explained.

For every successful connection project, the OPP pays for 40 percent of the costs and UTE supplies all needed material resources.

The average cost of rural electrification networks is 10,000 U.S. dollars per kilometre.

The government of Uruguay signed a national pledge in 2012 to provide universal access to electricity in rural areas.--NNN-Xinhua