Construction of Viet Nam-Thailand Wind Power Plant Begins
At the grounbreaking ceremony of the V1-2 wind power plant. Photo by VNA via Viet Nam Plus
The joint venture V1-2 wind power plant between the Truong Thanh Viet Nam Group and the Sermsang Power Corporation Public Company Limited of Thailand launched construction in Tra Vinh, Viet Nam, on 14 August. The 48 MW peak facility consists of 12 wind turbines to be built on 1,220 hectares in the Truong Long Hoa commune, Duyen Hai town. The project is estimated to cost around $96 million (2.23 trillion VND), and is expected to generate around 163 million kWh of electricity each year.
In 2015, Viet Nam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade approved around 1,608 MW under wind power planning for Tra Vinh 2020 and Vision 2030 in 2015. Local authorities have approved five projects to date, with cumulative generation capacity of 270 MW.
The 26th meeting of the GMS Regional Power Trade Coordination Committee indicated continued growth of electricity demand across the region, and marked development of renewable energy resources as a priority. To advance renewable energy efforts, Thailand recommended looking into GMS’ inter-regional renewable energy forecast for wind and solar farms, while Viet Nam emphasized promotion of smaller-scale renewable installations.