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Wind farm to rise in south-central Vietnam

A 40.5 megawatt wind power project is set to begin construction in Vietnam’s south-central coastal province of Ninh Thuan this year.

According to the Saigon Times Daily, Vietnam Electricity Investment and Construction Joint Stock Company has been given approval in principle for its $3.2 million Cong Hai wind power project.

The first phase of the Cong Hai project will be carried out this year on 20 hectares in Cong Hai commune in Thuan Bac District. Three turbines of 1 MW each are to be installed during this phase. These turbines are expected to have an output of about 14 million kilowatt hours annually.

The second phase of the project will be developed from 2014 to 2015 and will include 15 turbines of 2.5 megawatts each.

Ninh Thuan is considered a high-potential region for wind power development with total exploitation capacity of 2,000 MW by 2020. Some 14 wind projects have been given approval in principal by the local government to make surveys and prepare investment plans in the area.

Vietnam is currently trying to tap into their renewable energy resources to supply their growing energy requirements (see related story). Wind power alone has the potential to produce 713,000 megawatts of clean energy of which 510,000 MW would come from onshore and 200,000 MW from offshore. – EcoSeed Staff



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