14:45 | 07/01/2019 Science - Technology
(VEN) - Siemens Vietnam President and CEO Pham Thai Lai spoke about the Vietnam is entering an extremely exciting era and digitalization is the key opportunity for Vietnam to leapfrog and become an industrialized nation in the near future with Vietnam Economic New's Hien Ly.
The industrial revolution 4.0 is anticipated to bring many opportunities for Vietnam in propelling industrialization and modernization. In your opinion, how can Siemens support the manufacturing industry and energy industry of Vietnam to fully utilize these opportunities?
Vietnam is entering an extremely exciting era and digitalization is the key opportunity for Vietnam to leapfrog and become an industrialized nation in the near future.
Digitalization is one of the five major global trends and it is changing the world. Digitalisation can help manufacturers with their complete value chain starting from product design, production planning, product engineering, product execution and finally, operational services. Siemens offers a holistic approach to the integration of manufacturers’ value chains. We are currently the only technology provider to have a thorough product portfolio addressing all five value chain steps of a digital enterprise. We go beyond our role as a product or system provider to being a consultant that provides additional advice to manufacturers on how to customise and tailor an ideal digitalised road map.
In 2017, VinGroup and Siemens signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote comprehensive technological co-operation in a number of important industries, including the automobile industry. Siemens is helping VinGroup to realise digital enterprises manufacturing goals. Both parties have also agreed to join forces to work on advanced plant management and operation systems towards Industry 4.0.
VinFast, Vietnam’s first volume car manufacturer, has selected a suite of tools from Siemens PLM Software to help realize their plans for next-generation automotive and transportation design. Siemens is providing a digitalization solution across the entire automotive OEM value chain, which can help enable VinFast to meet the company’s goals of creating the first Vietnam-made automobile and eScooter brand, and promote the development of the industrial and manufacturing sector in Vietnam.
Recently, Siemens signed another important contract with Vinfast to supply technology and components for Vinfast’s electric bus manufacturing project (eBus). This project will not only aid in improving the urban environment, but will also improve the public traffic system in the city centers.
In the energy sector, Siemens can supply and build power plants using clean and highly efficient gas and steam turbines. Siemens currently has a broad portfolio of gas and steam turbines, especially efficiency world record gas turbines such as the H class and HL class.
In addition, Siemens can supply highly reliable and affordable switchgear/protection devices and transmission solutions, as well as digital solutions for power generation and smart grid. Siemens’ products and solutions for wind power offer the highest return on investment.
Regarding solar power, Siemens has been providing relevant investors with comprehensive Photovoltaic Electrical Balance of Plant solution (eBoP), helping to supply reliable energy and smart connection with the electricity grid.
2018 marks an important milestone in the history of Siemens’ operation in Vietnam as the company celebrates its 25th anniversary of official presence. For this special occasion, can you share Siemens’ key contributions to the socio-economic development of Vietnam in the past 25 years?
During nearly 3 decades, we have been working closely with customers and partners in Vietnam, and have successfully completed hundreds of important infrastructure development projects. We are proud to be able to support Vietnam in improving the quality of life, propelling economic development, fostering human capital and innovation, as well as sustaining the environment. To Vietnamese customers, we have always been the partner of choice. We have created sustainable values for our customers, our employees, and the society as a whole.
In the field of energy, up until 2017, the total installed capacity of Vietnam is approximately 43GW and electricity output is about 181 billion kWh, of which Siemens’ turbines contributed more than 10% of the national total annual electricity output. Siemens supplies, constructs, and maintains the most high-efficient and environment-friendly gas fired power plant in Vietnam, such as 740MW Phu My 3 Combined Cycle Power Plant (CCPP), 1500MW Ca Mau 1&2 CCPP, and 750MW Nhon Trach 2 CCPP. In the past 20 years, power plants built and maintained in Vietnam by Siemens have contributed in producing more than 175 billion kWh for the whole country.
Siemens Gamesa is installing and commissioning 39MW Dam Nai Wind Farm. In September 2018, Siemens Gamesa was awarded a contract to supply, install, operate and maintain wind turbines for Phuong Mai 3 Wind Power Project in Binh Dinh Province. These wind farms will contribute significantly to the renewable energy source for Vietnam.
In July 2018, Siemens won the contract to supply electric systems to its customer Trung Nam Group in Vietnam so as to put the country’s largest solar farm into operation. Once operated, the project can deliver up to 425 million per year, which is enough to supply approximately 200,000 households with electricity and help save around 250,000 tons of CO2.
Siemens is one of the leading suppliers in Vietnam in the field of power transmission and distribution. Hundreds of 110kV and 220kV substations and dozens of 500kV substations are being equipped with Siemens high-medium voltage products and protective relays. In 2017, Siemens successfully supplied and installed for EVN a SCADA distribution management system and an 110kV unmanned substation, that helps connect 21 provinces in Southern Vietnam in a fully automated manner.
We are also the leading company in the area of automation in Vietnam. Our automation solutions have helped customers in water treatment, food and beverage, paper, cement, machinery, chemical, metal, and other industries to enhance their productivity, energy efficiency, and flexibility while at the same time mitigating the impact on the environment. For example, Siemens’ Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) solution helps Vietnamese customers reduce engineering and constructing time by 30% to 50%, which translates to significant production cost and energy savings. Siemens provides the integrated drive system for Thu Duc 3 Water Plant, thus helping to mitigate the clean water pressure in four outer districts and parts of two central districts in Ho Chi Minh City, especially in the dry season. We executed a modernization process for Sai Gon New Port, which helps our customers significantly increase efficiency of their operational fleet.
Siemens’ Building Technologies with Building Management System (BMS) solution and its outstanding features in energy efficiency, security, safety, and convenience was installed in multiple major construction projects in Vietnam, such as Bitexco Financial Tower in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi Museum, My Dinh National Stadium... Most recently, Siemens supplied the BMS and fire alarm system for The Deutsches Haus in Ho Chi Minh City – one of the most sustainable and environment-friendly office buildings in Vietnam.
Can you tell us about Siemens’ commitment to Vietnam in the near future?
We pledge to be a trusted partner of Vietnam. We are highly committed to strongly supporting Vietnam in leading the way to digital transformation, as well as getting ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.