Work starts on VND1.2-trillion wind turbine project


The first phase of Cong Hai 1 wind turbine production project worth around VND1.2 trillion (some US$56.7 million) got off the ground in Ninh Thuan Province’s Thuan Bac District on May 19.

The two-phase project is invested by Saigon Industry Corporation, Power Generation Corporation 2 and HCMC Electric Power Trading Investment Corporation.

Saigon Industry Corporation said in the first phase, three double-layer, coaxial turbines of one megawatt would be manufactured and test-run before being put into use early next year. The investors will develop a large-scale wind turbine factory in the second phase.

According to energy experts, the advantages of double-layer, coaxial turbines are lower production costs and higher power generation capacity than the current wind turbines.

Bui Van Thinh, vice chairman of the Binh Thuan Wind Energy Association, said that Cong Hai 1 would be the first double-layer, coaxial wind turbine production facility in Vietnam if it was successful.

Thinh suggested that Vietnam needed to encourage investors to develop projects of the same kind to make full use of wind resources in coastal areas and increase the wind power generation capacity in the coming years.

Vietnam currently has three operational wind farms, including the 30-MW project invested by Vietnam Renewable Energy Company in Binh Thuan Province’s Tuy Phong District, the 6-MW project by PetroVietnam Power Corporation on Phu Quy Island off mainland Binh Thuan Province and the 16-MW wind park by Cong Ly Company in Bac Lieu Province.

Cong Ly is implementing the second phase of its project in the Mekong Delta province with 52 turbines installed and scheduled for completion next year.

Pham Trong Thuc, head of the New and Renewable Energy Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, said the Government had approved a renewable energy development plan with wind energy generation increasing to 1,000 MW in 2020 and 6,200 MW in 2030.

Total capacity of the three operational wind energy projects is only 52 MW.

Investors have registered 45 wind power projects with combined generation capacity of 4,822 MW, according to the General Department of Energy.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade plans to submit to the Government additional incentives for investors involved in wind power projects late this year.


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