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Quang Tri to have 22-million-euro wind farm

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Quang Tri to have 22-million-euro wind farm

Thuy Dung

Representatives of Vestas and Tan Hoan Cau exchange an agreement to develop a wind power project worth 22 million euros in Quang Tri Province - PHOTO: EMBASSY OF DENMARK

HANOI – Tan Hoan Cau Group and Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas on December 6 signed a deal to build a wind farm at a total cost of more than 22 million euros in Huong Hoa District, Quang Tri Province.

Construction will take eight months, with six sub-projects to be developed and have a total generation capacity of at least 30 MW. The two firms will work together to select appropriate locations for installing wind turbine towers.

Mai Van Hue, chairman of Tan Hoan Cau Group, said the wind farm would be located in a mountainous area covering nearly 2,900 hectares near the border with Laos.

This is the group’s second wind power project in Huong Hoa District after Huong Linh 2 wind farm, which was put into operation in September 2017.

Clive Turton, president of Vestas Asia-Pacific sales unit, said Vietnam holds huge potential for wind power development, with a long coastline and abundant wind resources. According to Vestas, the country’s total wind power capacity could reach 30 GW.

Turton said Vestas is the provider of wind turbines and technical support for three of six wind farms in Vietnam. The company will consider building a wind turbine manufacturing plant in Vietnam if the Vietnamese Government targets wind power production of thousands of MW.

Talking about difficulties in investing in wind power projects in Vietnam, Hue said electricity from wind farms is bought by the Government at 7.8 cents per kWh, much lower than in other countries, such as Thailand and South Korea with 25 cents per kWh. Therefore, investors see little incentive to invest in wind power projects in Vietnam.

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