10:40 | 29/06/2018 Industry
The construction of Vietnam’s biggest solar power plant with capacity of 168 MWp and total investment of roughly 4.4 trillion VND (US$194 million) commenced in the south central province of Ninh Thuan on June 8.
|Groundbreaking ceremony of Vietnam's biggest solar power plant in Ninh Thuan - Photo: VNA|
Frank Phuan, CEO & Executive Director of Sunseap Group, said the CMX Renewable Energy Vietnam solar power plant covers 186 hectares in My Son commune, Ninh Son district.
Sunseap Group is the largest and most established clean energy solutions provider in Singapore, with regional operations in Southeast Asia Pacific.
Once operational in June 2019, the plant will supply over 200 million kWh of electricity to the national power grid annually, he said.
It is expected to provide electricity for nearly 200,000 households and generate jobs for over 200 local workers, he added.
Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Pham Van Hau said this plant is the fourth of its kind to start construction in Ninh Thuan this year.
He asked the investor to speed up the implementation of project and ensure quality, labour safety, and environmental sanitation.
Local authorities pledged to create the most favorable conditions according to legal regulations to support the investor to put the plant into operation as scheduled, he affirmed.
Ninh Thuan receives special attention from investors as it has big advantages for renewable energy development with the average wind speed of 7-8m/s and 2,800 hours of sunshine every year.
The province aims to become a renewable energy centre in the country with the generation of 2,000 MW of solar power by 2020.
Nearly 30 Vietnamese and foreign investors have been approved to build solar power plants in Ninh Thuan which has potential of tapping some 9,000 MW of solar energy.
Besides the power plant invested by Sunseap Group, three solar power plants with total capacity of 130 MW invested by other investors are under construction in the province and they are set to be completed in the second quarter of 2019.