Two contracts have been awarded in the last week to support the development of offshore wind projects in Vietnam, a country long seen as having huge potential for offshore wind
The Global Wind Energy Council believes offshore wind is "primed to become an optimal source of power for Vietnam’s energy system," due to its many advantages such as high scalability, predictability, flexibility and low environmental impact.
The first offshore windfarm in the Mekong Delta region, the 99-MW Bac Lieu wind power project, came online in 2013. Since then, there has been a growing industry appetite to develop offshore wind power in Vietnam, with the technical potential for fixed and floating offshore wind in the country estimated at 309 GW of capacity.
The potential scale of projects in the country is evidenced by a recent memorandum of understanding between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and its local partners Asiapetro and Novasia with the Binh Thuan People’s Committee to develop a 3.5-GW offshore wind project in Vietnam.
The first contract saw AFRY awarded an owner’s engineering services assignment for the Tra Vinh offshore windfarm, a 48-MW project offshore Tra Vinh Province, Vietnam. The project is owned by Truong Thanh Tra Vinh Wind Power JSC, an affiliated company of Sermsang Power Corporation (SSP), one of Thailand’s fastest growing independent power producers.
AFRY will provide owner’s engineering services for the implementation phase of the project, having previously supported Sermsang as technical advisor in the feasibility study phase, EPC bidding process, and energy yield assessments for this project.
AFRY’s assignment includes project management services, engineering design review as well as monitoring onshore and offshore construction, installation and commissioning works for the windfarm, including the substation, transmission line and connection to the power grid. The project’s target commercial operation date is October 2021.
The Tra Vinh project will be SSP’s first offshore windfarm investment and one of the first to be constructed in Vietnam.
Elsewhere, Techwise Singapore has announced it has been awarded a contract by PowerChina Huadong Engineering Co Ltd to support construction of the Binh Dai offshore windfarm.
Binh Dai is offshore Ben Tre Province, approximately 100 km south of Ho Chi Minh City. The capacity of the offshore windfarm will be 310 MW with 74 wind turbines to be installed in phases.
Techwise will support the project EPC contractor, PowerChina Huadong Engineering, on project management, design and engineering and marine assurance during loadout, transportation and offshore installation of the wind turbines.
The project will be run from Techwise’s Singapore office with support from local personnel in Vietnam and China.
Riviera held a series of webinars on offshore wind in June. These are available to view in our webinar library