Netherlands offers Vietnam wind energy development help

16:00 | 24/05/2019 Energy

(VEN) - The Netherlands is among the top five countries in the world studying and developing offshore wind power, while the ambition and potential for wind energy in Vietnam are huge, but there is little development. Vietnam’s growing energy needs, along with the Dutch potential, create promising cooperation opportunities.

netherlands offers vietnam wind energy development help

Do Duc Quan, Deputy Head of the Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, says the demand for energy in the 2020-2030 period will surge, while traditional energy sources such as hydropower, coal, oil and gas are gradually being depleted and/or difficult to develop.

Thus, renewable energy sources play a key role for Vietnam’s economy, society, energy security and sustainable development. The Vietnamese government, Quan added, has set a goal of producing 10.7 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2030 under the revised Power Development Plan VII.

Specifically, wind power capacity will reach about 1,000MW by 2020 and 6,200MW by 2030. Currently, Vietnam’s wind power capacity is about 197MW, and an additional 263MW capacity is under construction, while 412MW capacity is in the process of appraisal approval. Approximately 4,236MW has already been approved, raising the total registered wind power capacity to 10,729MW.

In the coastal area from Quy Nhon City (Binh Dinh Province) to near Ho Chi Minh City, wind speed is about 7-11m/s, making it optimal for exploiting wind energy. “The Netherlands’ experience would be useful to Vietnam in selecting the optimal solution for the development of offshore wind power in the most appropriate way,” Quan emphasized.

Hans De Boer, President of the Confederation of the Netherlands Industry and Employers, said that large-scale offshore wind projects are an opportunity to reduce pressure on the power system.

The Netherlands could team up with the Vietnamese side to outline a blueprint for sustainable development of offshore wind power in Vietnam while helping to install an efficient electricity system and grid connection as well as offering relevant refresher courses. Boer stressed that the Netherlands is willing to share its experience, knowledge and skills in researching, designing, and executing offshore wind farms.

On the three-day visit of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to Vietnam from April 9, the Netherlands’ business

delegation signed more than 10 agreements with Vietnam. One of them, the offshore wind power project in Tra Vinh

Province, was signed between Climate Investor One, MTV Tra Vinh Wind Power TWPC Ltd (Vietnam) and Vestas

(Denmark).