14:22 | 06/12/2017 Energy
Construction on the first wind farm in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre kicked off on November 28 at an estimated cost of VND1.5 trillion (US$66 million).
|The ground-breaking ceremony for the Binh Dai wind farm|
The Binh Dai wind farm consists of 15 turbines installed in the coastal commune of Thua Duc in Binh Dai district and has a total capacity of 30 megawatts in the initial stage.
Le An Khang, chairman of Mekong Wind Power JSC, which carries out the project, said the farm is scheduled for completion by 2020, producing 84 million of kWh per year.
The project will increase the power supply to Ben Tra province and Binh Dai district in particular, as well as helping to reduce coastal erosion in the area.
Ben Tre Vice Chairman Truong Duy Hai said that the Binh Dai wind farm is a turning point in building a clean energy supply system in the province.
In addition, the project will also attract visitors and improve the provincial budget once it is completed.
Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony, Hai urged the contractor to complete the project on schedule and make necessary preparations for the next phases after 2020 so that the capacity will be increased to 310 megawatts.
With the coastal length of 65 kilometres and strong winds, Ben Tre has a great potential to develop wind energy.
According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s wind power plan, Ben Tre province has 11 sites in Binh Dai, Ba Tri and Thanh Phu that can be turned into wind farms with a total capacity of 1,250 megawatts.