|Wind turbines at the Bac Lieu wind power plant in Bac Lieu City in the Mekong Delta region. 52 more wind turbines will be put into operation in the second quarter of 2016. — VNA/VNS Photo Duy Khuong
BAC LIEU (VNS) — The installation of 52 more wind turbines in the second phase of the Bac Lieu wind power plant project began on Tuesday at Vinh Trach Dong commune in Bac Lieu city of the Mekong Delta region.
According to the Cong Ly Construction, Commerce and Tourism Ltd. Co., the project's investor, the construction of infrastructural facilities required for phase II began in November, 2013 and cost VND4.2 trillion (US$197 million).
Up to 65 per cent of the workload has been completed; phase II is set to become fully operational in the second quarter of 2016, said To Hoai Dan, Cong Ly company General Director.
Dan said that the first 20 turbines of phase II will start supplying electricity to the national grid on May 29, of this year, raising the plant's nameplate energy generation capacity to 48 MW. The plant will the increase the nameplate capacity to 73.6 MW after the planned addition of 16 more turbines on September 2.
If all goes according to plan, April 30, 2016 will herald the end of construction with the last 16 turbines added bringing maximum total capacity to 99.2 MW.
In the first phase of the project, 10 turbines were built with a nameplate capacity of 16 MW. They have already supplied 58 million KWh to the national grid in just 14 months.
With over 3,000 kilometres of coastline and numerous islands within its national boundaries, Viet Nam has more wind power potential than most of Southeast Asia with a total estimated capacity of 24,000 megawatts. That ballpark figure is equal to the combined capacity of all the currently existing thermoelectric plants in the country which demand large amounts of imported coal.
According to figures from the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Viet Nam currently has 48 wind power projects with a combined capacity of 5,000 MW registered at different stages and mainly located in central and southern provinces.
According to the national power plan till 2020, wind power has been prioritised and set a target of installing a combined capacity of 1,000 megawatts by 2020. — VNS