Tra Vinh People’s Committee has approved the policy for three investors to implement the Hiep Thanh wind power plant project in the province with a total investment of nearly 3,370 billion VND; of which 20% is contributed by investors, the rest is loan from bank Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg-LBBW, Germany. It shows that Vietnam wind power sector is attracting attention of foreign investors.
The Hiep Thanh wind power plant project will be built on a total area of 2,747 ha in the coastal alluvial land of Hiep Thanh commune, Duyen Hai town (Tra Vinh province) with the design capacity of 78MW, with 18 – 19 wind turbine columns.
Investors implementing the project include Ecotech Vietnam Renewable Energy Joint Stock Company (based in Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi); Janakuasa Pte LTD (Singapore) and Mr Lam Minh (Ba Dinh District, Hanoi). Investors have established Ecotech Tra Vinh Renewable Energy JSC to carry out the project. The duration of the project is 49 years.
According to General Director of Tra Vinh Ecotech Renewable Energy Joint Stock Company, the project was included in the Power Development Plan for Tra Vinh province in the period 2016 – 2025, with a view to 2035, which was approved by the Ministry of Industry and Trade on May 19th 2016. Currently the project is implementing investment procedures with the aim of putting into operation in the first quarter of 2020.
Sharing about the wind power price, according to leader of Tra Vinh Ecotech Renewable Energy JSC, the price of wind power is currently approved by the Prime Minister under Decision 37/2011/QD-TTg on the mechanism to support the development of wind power projects in Vietnam and take effect from August 20th 2011 is 7.8 cents/kWh.
According to leader of Tra Vinh Ecotech Renewable Energy JSC, Vietnam is the most potential country in ASEAN in recent years and coming years.
However, with the electricity price of 7.8 cents/kWh in this project, it is difficult to arrange capital, but the company is willing to bet on the project because they believe in the development of the Vietnam economy and want to contribute to the development of power plants in Vietnam. Investors also believe that the Government of Vietnam will study and reconsider bring the price of wind power to a more harmonious level, ensuring equality between renewable energy sources.
Hiep Thanh wind power plant is the fourth wind power project which was granted investment policy in Tra Vinh province. Previously, Tra Vinh province has granted investment certificates for 3 wind power projects, with a total designed capacity of 192 MW, in Truong Long Hoa commune (Duyen Hai town) and Dong Hai commune (Duyen Hai district).
These projects are in the stage of implementing appraisal procedures, approving the basic design… to start the construction. These projects are also in the list of projects calling for investment of Tra Vinh province in the period 2016 – 2020.
According to Tra Vinh wind power development plan up to 2020, with a view to 2030, which was approved by the Ministry of Industry and Trade on December 4th 2015, Tra Vinh province has planned 6 wind power projects at 6 coastal mudflats of Duyen Hai district and Duyen Hai town; in which there are 3 plants in Truong Long Hoa commune, 2 plants in Hiep Thanh commune and 1 plant in Dong Hai commune.
By 2020, the total installed capacity is about 270MW, the corresponding wind power is 634 million kWh. By 2030, the installed capacity will be about 1,338 MW. Total investment for wind power grid connected projects by 2020 is about 14,313 billion VND.
The wind power development projects will bring many benefits to the socio-economic development of Tra Vinh province such as increasing the local budget from taxes, increasing the electricity supply to create jobs for local workers; create landscapes to attract tourists.
In order to implement Vietnam’s national energy development strategy up to 2020 with a vision to 2050 (promulgated together with Decision No. 1855/QD-TTg, December 27th 2007), Vietnam strives to increase the ratio of new and renewable energy sources to around 5% of primary commercial energy by 2020 and about 11% by 2050.
According to Decision No 1208/QD-TTg dated July 21st 2011 of the Prime Minister on the approval of the Power Plan VII will bring the total wind power capacity from current level to about 1,000 MW in 2020 and around 6,200 MW by 2030. Electricity produced from wind power accounts for 0.7% in 2020 to 2.4% in 2030.