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UK investors keen to participate in renewable energy in Vietnam


HÀ NỘI — Investors from the UK were showing significant interest in investing in renewable energy projects in Việt Nam, especially wind power, expecting the Vietnamese Government to introduce long-term support policies as well as simplification of procedures for project implementation.

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British Ambassador to Việt Nam Gareth Ward said at the UK – Việt Nam Renewable Energy Dialogue on Wednesday that clean energy was becoming a global trend, adding that every US$1 investment in clean energy would help generate from $3-8.

The Vietnamese Government in 2015 approved the renewable energy development strategy to 2030 with a vision to 2050 which aimed to increase the percentage of renewable power from 35 per cent in 2015 to 38 per cent in 2020 and 43 per cent in 2050.

The Government also introduced incentive policies to encourage the development of wind power, biomass energy, energy from waste and solar power.

Hoàng Tiến Dũng, Director of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority, said developing renewable energy was important in the context that sources for hydropower were being exhausted, thermopower was limited due to commitments to global climate change and gas-fired power had high production costs.

According to the draft national power development planning for 2021-30 period with a vision to 2045, Việt Nam had large potential for renewable energy development which was estimated to amount up to 855GW, mostly solar power (434GW), and wind power (375GW). The potential for off-shore wind power was estimated at 158GW.

Off-shore power was attracting increasing interest from foreign organisations and investors, Nguyễn Ninh Hải, Head of the Renewable Energy Department under the Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority, said.

Hải said that as off-shore wind power was a new thing to Việt Nam, the Ministry of Industry and Trade was cooperating with some research organisations to have a comprehensive evaluation about the off-shore wind power development potental in the country.

Bùi Vĩnh Thắng, director of Mainstream Renewable Power Việt Nam, said that the Government’s planning and policies played a very important role for renewable energy investors, especially in wind power and off-shore wind power.

Benjamin Dubas, a representative from Lightsource BP, said that renewable energy investors expected the transparency and stability of policies in the long term to invest in Việt Nam, especially feed-in tariffs (FIT).

According to Dũng, FIT pricing was applied to accelerate investment in renewable energy in the first stage in Việt Nam but this mechanism would not be maintained for a long period and be replaced by competitive bidding when the technology development helped push down prices of solar and wind power.

He added that the national power development planning which was being completed would give priority to renewable energy on the basis of ensuring balance of power sources and the power transmission between regions.

The ministry expected to continue receiving support from the UK in renewable energy, especially off-shore wind power which the UK had experience in and Việt Nam had large potential.

By the end of 2020, the total renewable energy output accounted for around 25 per cent of the total output worth 69,000MW of the Việt Nam’s power system. There were 148 solar power projects with a total capacity of more than 8,800MW, 100,000 rooftop solar power projects with a total capacity of 9,300MW, and 11 wind power projects with a total capacity of 511MW. — VNS

Published : February 26, 2021

By : Viet Nam News/ANN