Tay Nguyen wind farm taking shape

The construction of Tay Nguyen wind farm, the first wind farm project in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, has commenced, marking a development milestone for the nation’s renewable energy industry.

The Tay Nguyen wind farm project is positioned in DakLak province’s EaH’Leo district in the Central Highlands, one of the regions having the highest potential for wind energy in Vietnam as assessed by world’s leading wind turbine manufacturers such as VESTAS and GE.

Licensed by the DakLak Provincial People’s Committee, the project investor HBRE Wind Power Solution envisages implementing the project in three phases until 2020, with the expected total power generation capacity reaching 120 megawatts.

In particular, the first phase with the capacity of 28MW and the total investment of nearly VND1.4 trillion ($66.6 million), is expected to generate electricity in June 2016, producing more than 100 million kWh per year.

After finishing all three phases, the Tay Nguyen is expected to become the largest-capacity wind farm in Vietnam producing 400 million kWh per year, equivalent to demand of 200,000 households.

On September 23 last year, HBRE and GE signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in developing the Tay Nguyen wind farm. A month later, HBRE chose GE as the provider of 14 turbines in the first phase of its wind farm.

On the ground breaking ceremony of the Tay Nguyen wind farm, GE and Huy Hoang Transportation & Logistics Corporation (HTL), the engineering-procurement-construction contractor of the wind farm, signed a contract of wind turbine supply for the first phase of the project.

Meanwhile, GE and HBRE signed a joint development agreement for the second phase of the project, in which, GE, together with HBRE and HTL, will co-fund the development activities of future phases with the aim of cooperating in promoting investment efficiency and guaranteeing the progress as well as the quality of the Tay Nguyen wind farm.

By Hoang Anh