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Vietnam seeks to import wind power from Laos

By Truc Dao

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HCMC – State utility Vietnam Electricity Group (EVN) has proposed importing wind power from Laos at a price of VND1,700 per kWh.

The proposal has gone before the Ministry of Industry and Trade for review before it is sent to the prime minister for approval.

Under the proposed plan, Vietnam would import electricity from Truong Son wind power plant and a transmission line would be built as part of the plan to connect to the national power grid.

Previously, the Ministry of Industry and Trade had sought feedback from ministries and localities on electricity from Truong Son wind power plant at the capacity of 250 MW from the Lao province of Bolikhamsai to Vietnam.

To import power from this plant to Vietnam, the proposed plan is to build a new double-circuit 220kV line from the 220kV transformer station of Truong Son wind power plant, connecting to the 220kV compartment at Do Luong 220kV transformer station located in Nghe An Province, Vietnam.

Vietnam previously signed agreements with Laos to import around 3,000 MW of electricity by 2025 and ramp it up to 5,000 MW by 2030. However, the total power imported from Laos that can be generated by 2025 only reaches 1,977 MW.

According to Decision 21/QD-BCT issued on January 7, 2023 by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the domestic price of onshore wind power is VND1,587.12 per kWh and VND1,815.95 per kWh for offshore wind power.

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