US grant for 100MW site off Vietnam

VIETNAM: The United States' Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to a Vietnamese power engineering company to support development of a 100MW offshore project.

Mui Ca Mau on the southernmost tip of Ca Mau province (pic credit: Ctvn wikiviet)

Power Engineering Consulting Joint Stock Company 2 (PECC2) is developing the two-phase Tan Thuan nearshore project off the coast of Vietnam’s southernmost province Ca Mau. The USTDA did not specify the value of the grant.

The first phase is planned to have a capacity of 24MW, while a second phase could support an additional 76MW.

PECC2 has selected Seattle-based consulting and engineering company DVN KEMA Renewables to carry out the project design and feasibility study for the site.

USTDA country manager David Ross said the project would "help capitalise on southern Vietnam’s strong wind resources".

"This project represents an excellent opportunity for US businesses to export technologies and services in support of Vietnam’s renewable energy goals," he added.

Vietnam is targeting 7% of its total power generation from renewable sources in 2020 and 10% in 2030 — of which 0.8% would come from wind in 2020 and 1% in 2030.

As of 1 October, it had 231MW of wind power capacity installed, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly.

The USTDA had previously helped fund development of the 300MW third phase of Vietnam’s Bac Lieu nearshore project.