Denmark to help Vietnam develop potential 160GW offshore wind sector

The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) and the Vietnamese Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority have partnered on a development plan for the south-east Asian country’s estimated 160GW offshore wind energy potential.

The report aims to help the Vietnamese government take steps to streamline the development process for projects and support the country’s 10-year power development plan.

Vietnam is the only country in the region that has implemented nearshore wind with 99 MW already installed, and the abundant wind resources and large pipeline potential have attracted strong interest from the wind industry.

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The Input to Roadmap consolidates the quantitative findings of various background analyses that including resource mapping and site selection, LCOE estimation and transmission grid analysis, with supplemental information pertaining to regulatory, consent and permitting, support scheme, and supply chain elements to establish recommendations for the development of the sector.

The partnership was the focus of a recent webinar organised by the partners with representatives from Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade, Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority and representatives from the country’s four coastal provinces.

DEA deputy director general Martin Hansen said: “The organisation of the high-level offshore wind webinar is a testament to the extraordinary government-to-government energy partnership, Vietnam and Denmark has developed since 2013.

“I am delighted to see that cooperation and activities within offshore wind are on track despite the coronavirus pandemic.

“Vietnam has a huge potential for offshore wind, which could play a key role in the green transition of the country.”

The final version of the development plan is intended to be launched at a workshop in Hanoi on 9 September.

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