Korean Capital Flows into Renewable Energy

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Vietnam has issued many policies and incentives for the development of the power sector. This is a good time to attract foreign capital into Vietnam energy industry, including those from Korea.

According to Mr Nguyen Van Vy, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Energy Association, with the goal of raising the proportion of electricity produced from renewable energy to 32% by 2030 and 43% by 2050, Vietnam currently has about 50 wind power projects, more than 100 solar power projects and many other biomass energy development projects are under study.

Meanwhile, according to the National Electricity Development Plan 2011 – 2020 with a vision to 2030, Vietnam will accelerate the development of electricity production from renewable energy and reduce the proportion of hydropower.

In order to realize these objectives, Vietnam has promulgated many policies and incentives to encourage the development of renewable energy, such as investment credit, import tax, export tax, enterprise income tax, exempt land use fees and land rents for renewable energy projects, provide financial support for scientific and technological research activities on energy. At the same time, calling for investment and receiving science and technology to develop the domestic electricity equipment industry.

More recently, many Korean businesses have come to the provinces to look for investment opportunities in renewable energy projects, such as IL Yang Industrial Co., Ltd., proposed to Quang Tri province to invest in building solar power plant in Hai Lang District (capacity 500 MW) and Vinh Linh District (capacity 200 MW); Or VTC company, after inquiring in Bac Lieu province, they are preparing large capital for wind power project and if approved, they will quickly expedite the necessary procedures as prescribed.

At the Vietnam – Korea Renewable Energy and Power Industry Forum recently held in Ho Chi Minh City, according to Mr Paik Un Gyu – Minister of Commerce, Industry and Energy of Korea, the two countries have long-term cooperation potential in the fields of energy, renewable energy and smart grid.

According to Mr Paik Un Gyu, Korea will actively invest in power generation and renewable energy development projects in Vietnam as a strategic partner. In addition, Korea also supports the training of human resources and technology transfer to develop internal power and renewable energy in Vietnam.

On this occasion, at the 8th Session of the Vietnam – Korea Joint Committee for Cooperation in Nuclear Power, Energy, Industry and Trade, the two sides agreed on a number of bilateral cooperation. In particular, there are many cooperation in the field of energy, such as cooperation in projects to build power plants in the form of BOT; cooperation in the field of oil and gas; cooperation in renewable energy; cooperation on energy security management; development cooperation in supporting industries…

This is the basic content for the two countries to develop and implement concrete and practical projects to further develop cooperation in the fields of industry, trade and energy in 2018 and the coming years.

According to Korean businesses, now is a good time for enterprises to learn about the strategy and planning for development of electricity and renewable energy as well as contact and exchange directly with the leading enterprises of Vietnam. Accordingly, enterprises of the two countries can consider the possibility of cooperation in various forms, such as joint venture investment in the development of power projects, cooperation in providing technology, equipment and specialized materials.

Finding the right business partner in Vietnam is also important. We recommend doing research on the reputation of the company and individual shareholders, corporate or individual, gathering publicly available company information, and performing background checks on key personnel to find potential risks in cooperation. Working with a reliable partner can help achieve economic benefits, saving time and money in business.

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