Vietnam starts construction of 99 MW wind power plant

Construction of the first wind farm in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta started on 9 September at Bien Dong A hamlet, Vinh Trach Dong commune, Bac Lieu township of Bac Lieu province.

With an estimated output of 310 GWh per year, the 500 hectare wind farm will have 66 wind turbines of 1.5 MW, a 22/110KV transformer station and a 15km power line with a capacity of 110 KW connecting with the national grid.

The wind energy plant is invested by the Cong Ly Construction-Trade-Tourism Ltd company at a cost of 4.5trn dong ($228m) and will be finished in the next 36 months.

According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, 8.6 percent of the country’s land area has good potential to develop wind power projects, but it has been left untapped so far.

The only wind farm in Vietnam is located in the central province of Binh Thuan. The 30 megawatt wind power plant worth US$60 million was built by the Hanoi-based Vietnam Renewable Energy Joint Stock Company.

Le Tuan Phong, deputy general director of the ministry’s Energy Department, said several foreign investors have planned to build wind power plants in Vietnam with capacities of between 6 and 150 megawatts.

A recent World Bank study found Vietnam could produce more than 500 gigawatts of electricity from land-based and off-shore wind farms, 10 times the country’s expected national demand in 2020.

Fuhrländer of Germany is to build a US$25m wind turbine factory in central Vietnam to supply wind energy projects in the Southeast Asian country and overseas.

The new manufacturing plant will be located in the coastal province of Binh Dinh and will represent Vietnam’s first wind turbine factory.

The factory will initially produce 1.5 MW wind turbines, before adding 2.5MW models to the production line. Fuhrländer has wind turbine plants in Germany, the US and Brazil.