Solar Power Projects Appear More and More in The Central Region: Foreign Contractors Take Advantage

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The Central Coast from Quang Ngai to Ninh Thuan is becoming a huge solar power construction site with a series of projects being groundbreaking and starting construction, in which foreign contractors make bold marks.

In the second half of 2018 and the early days of January 2019, a series of solar power projects were started in the Central region, with the most concentrated in Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa and Ninh Thuan.

Ninh Thuan attracts the most solar power projects in the country. According to the Department of Planning and Investment of this province, in the second half of 2018, there were 15 solar power projects taking steps to build. The number of projects to start construction continues to increase in the first half of 2019, because according to Vice Chairman of Ninh Thuan province, the provincial People’s Committee has issued decision on investment policies for 30 projects, with a total capacity of 1,788.79 MW.

Among the solar power plants that have started construction and are targeting the national grid before June 2019, there are projects such as CMX Renewable Vietnam of Re Sun Seap Vietnam Solar Power Joint Stock Company; My Son Solar Power Plant; Phuoc Huu Solar Power Plant; Solar Power Bim 1, Bim 2, Bim 3…

In Binh Dinh, many solar power projects have been present, such as Cat Hiep Solar Power Plant (Phu Cat District), Solar Power Plant combined with wind power of Fujiwara Joint Stock Company (Japan)…

In Phu Yen, according to Vice Chairman of Phu Yen People’s Committee, there are 7 projects in this province approved by the Ministry of Industry and Trade into the Electricity Plan VII. In which, 6 projects have been granted investment policies by the province.

Sterling Wilson, India’s leading solar power consulting and construction corporation, has completed the construction contract (EPC contract) for Sao Mai solar power plant project of Sao Mai Group, worth nearly 80 million USD (phase I).

Many power projects in Vietnam have the imprint of Power China Kunming Engineering Corporation Limited Consortium (Power China – a contractor from China), such as Package 7 on design, supply of equipment and materials, construction and installation of Vinh Tan 2 Solar Power Plant (EPC bidding package) under the Vinh Tan 2 Solar Power Plant Project, which is undertaken by Sinohydro Corporation Limited – Power China Kuming Engineering Corporation Limited Consortium.

Power China is also the contractor implementing the important bidding packages of Hong Phong 1 and Hong Phong 2 renewable power projects, under Vietnam Trading Engineering Construction Joint Stock Corporation (Vietracimex).

This is also the contractor participating in the implementation of bidding package DMS-8 on designing, supplying, installing and testing photovoltaic equipment under Da Mi solar power plant project; participating in implementing the package at Song Bung 4 Hydropower Plant Project (Quang Nam)…

Meanwhile, Binh Nguyen Solar Power Plant Project (Quang Ngai), which is led by Hawee as EPC general contractor, associated with Sharp Solar Solution Asia (SSSA – Japan) – Hawee IDC designed, constructed and installed.

As acknowledged by a number of reputable construction corporations in Vietnam, Vietnam’s solar power market is witnessing a wave of participation of foreign contractors, with a huge bid value for construction, installation, equipment, technology…, even a project signed contract under the form of turnkey contract with total project value of up to 80%.

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