09:38 | 22/10/2018 Energy
Tens of Vietnamese and foreign investors are asking for permission to survey the wind power potential in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak to build wind power plants here, according to a local official.
|A wind power project under construction in Ea H’leo district - Photo: pcdaklak.cpc.vn|
Director of the provincial Department of Industry and Trade Pham Thai said since the beginning of 2018, 11 investors have asked for permission to make surveys for 25 projects. They have examined possible locations for wind turbines of five of those projects.
Some other projects have also been suggested, he noted.
Thai said Dak Lak currently houses one wind power project which is under construction and expected to complete the first phase in the fourth quarter of this year.
The plant in the rural commune of Dlie Yang, Ea H’leo district, is being built with an investment of over 13 trillion VND (US$558.9 million) by the HBRE Wind Power Solution company. Once fully operational, it will have a total capacity of 210 MW and supply 2 billion kWh of electricity each year, becoming the wind power plant with the biggest capacity in Vietnam.
According to a consulting firm of Dak Lak, local wind power potential is huge as the province has an average wind speed of 6 meters per second, giving it total possible capacity of 1,400 MW.
Potential areas for wind energy development are in Ea H’leo, Krong Buk and Krong Nang districts and Buon Ho town.