Vietnam’s 2nd wind-power project comes on line

Vietnam’s second wind-power project in southern Bac Lieu province was connected to the national electricity grid, local media reported on Thursday.

Specifically, after nearly three years of construction, work on Phase 1 of the Bac Lieu wind-power project, the first one of this kind in the Mekong Delta, with installation of 10 turbines totaling 16 MW was completed, according to local Vietnam News.

The project will have 62 turbines, provided by American General Electric (GE), with a capacity of 1.6 megawatts each. They will generate 320 million kWh per year. All the turbines with total output of 99.2 MW are expected to be operational in June 2014.

Bac Lieu-based Cong Ly Construction and Trading Co Ltd. will invest 247.5 million U.S. dollars in the project located in Bac Lieu city. Capital for the project is sourced from loans provided by the U.S. Import and Export Bank.

Vietnam’s first wind-power project was built in central Binh Thuan province with a total capital of 70 million U.S. dollars. It has been operational since April 2012 with an output of about 90 million kW