Danish wind power giant eyes plant in Hai Phong

By Duc Minh   November 3, 2021 | 07:23 pm PT
Danish wind power giant eyes plant in Hai Phong
Wind turbines in the province of Bac Lieu, southern Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyet Nhi
Orsted, the global leader in offshore wind power, wants to build a 3,900-MW plant in the northern city of Hai Phong at a cost of $11.9-13.6 billion.

City authorities had met on Oct. 2 with a delegation from the Danish embassy in Vietnam to discuss the proposal by the Denmark-based company.

According to the proposal, the turbines, each with a capacity of some 20 MW, will be installed on pillars 150-200-m tall.

The plant will be built in three phases.

In July a representative of Orsted in Vietnam had said the company wanted to develop an offshore wind power farm in Hai Phong.

At that time it was focusing on constructing a 4,600-MW wind power plant in the central province of Binh Thuan.

Nguyen Duc Tho, deputy chairman of the Hai Phong People’s Committee, said the city would create favorable conditions for Orsted to invest, and has asked it for details about investment and location of the proposed plant and turbines.

Earlier this year the Vietnam Energy Association said it wanted wind power generation to be increased sevenfold in the next decade from the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s current proposal of 2,000-3,000 MW.

Some foreign entities have also called for increasing Vietnam’s planned offshore wind power capacity.

The Global Wind Energy Council has proposed an increase to 10,000 MW by 2030, saying only large projects would attract foreign investors.

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