Vietnam inaugurates first wind power plant

Vietnam’s first wind power plant was put into operation this week in the south central province of Binh Thuan.

It could herald the first of many such developments in a country with the best wind energy potential in southeast Asia.

Located in Tuy Phong District, the 20-turbine Wind Power Plant 1 has a total capacity of 30 MW.

It is part of a wind power project worth VND2 trillion (US$95.8) invested in by the Vietnam Renewable Energy Joint Stock Company.

The project aims to build 80 turbines with a total capacity of 120 MW, using German technology.

The Binh Thuan People’s Committee has licensed 16 wind power projects with the total capacity of 1240 MW, according to a Sai Gon Tiep Thi newspaper report.

A survey by the World Bank has found that Vietnam has greater wind energy potential than Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

Experts have said that some coastal provinces in the central and Central Highlands regions, including Binh Thuan and Ninh Thuan, are good locations for  wind farms, given their high “wind power density” and open spaces.

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