Delegates make a symbolic gesture to start work on the first phase of the Hoa Binh 5 wind power project in Bac Lieu Province
The government of the Mekong Delta province approved the first phase of the project, which will be the largest onshore wind power farm in the delta, on September 17.
The project will have a capacity of 80 megawatts and be developed on 28 hectares of land with 26 wind turbines measuring over 140 meters in height each.
According to Tran Phu Chien, chairman and general director of Hacom Bac Lieu Energy JSC, the project will be connected to the national grid through the 220-kV Gia Rai-Bac Lieu 2 transmission line. The plant, once in place, is expected to create stable jobs for local residents, increase the provincial budget revenue by more than VND80 billion per year and restructure the economy of Bac Lieu Province and of the Mekong Delta as a whole.
Chien added that Hacom Bac Lieu Energy JSC had committed to completing the project as scheduled.
The plant is expected to be officially put into operation in October next year to supply over 280 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, contributing to completing the adjusted National Power Development Planning VII. The project, in association with other wind power projects along the coastal roads from Bac Lieu to Ca Mau, will be a strong driving force for the tourism development of the province.
Duong Thanh Trung, deputy secretary of the Bac Lieu Party Committee and chairman of the provincial government, said that since 2010, a wind power project in the province was completed, while nine others with a combined capacity of over 660 megawatts and an investment of over US$1 billion are under construction. Also, a 3,200-megawatt liquefied natural gas-fired thermal power plant, which requires an investment of US$4 billion, will be kicked off in the second quarter of next year.
The development of these projects matches the conditions and development plans of the province, contributing to realizing its strengths and potential, and is in line with the prime minister’s direction of developing the province sustainably while protecting the environment.
Trung asked the relevant departments and agencies to further support the investor of the wind power project in completing the legal documents in line with the law, keep pace with the progress of the project, promptly address obstacles facing the project and coordinate with the investor over site clearance.
The government of Hoa Binh District, where the project is being developed, must ensure security and social order during the execution and help the investor deal with difficulties.
Bac Lieu Chairman Trung also asked the investor to quickly complete procedures, mobilize resources to ensure the progress and quality of the project and promptly report any obstacles during the execution and operation of the project to the relevant departments and agencies.