Update news offshore wind power
Action on accelerating offshore wind power projects is urgently needed if the government is to meet its targets for the decade.
Developing offshore wind power is a great dual opportunity for Vietnam, Danish Ambassador to Vietnam Nicolai Prytz told a seminar in Hanoi on March 16.
According to the World Bank Group, Vietnam is seen as a potential major player in the sector because of its strong winds in shallow waters near coastal, densely populated areas.
Nikkei Asia, a news service in Japan, ran an article on January 6 saying that Vietnam's offshore wind power sparks an influx of foreign investment.
The development of renewable energy is a major policy of the Party and Government of Vietnam, in which offshore wind power has been identified as a breakthrough solution in energy transformation to help ensure national energy security.
Representatives of the administrations of Hai Phong city (Vietnam) and Esbjerg city (Denmark) on November 2 signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the field of offshore wind energy.
Investors should wait until a resolution about wind measurement, monitoring and geological and topographical surveys is issued.
While Vietnam plans a 7,000MW of offshore wind power by 2030, most of wind farm investors shared their concern about the bidding mechanism for the industry in a recent energy workshop in Hanoi.
Some major businesses of Denmark and Norway have expressed their special interest in developing offshore wind power in Vietnam during recent meetings with officials of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT).
Infrastructure Investment and Transportation Construction Joint Stock Company (Intracom) met with Quang Tri Province to discuss the research of the first-ever offshore wind farm in the province.
The World Bank has recommended 20 actions that address three priority themes for Vietnam’s successful offshore wind industry.
Offshore wind power is poised to become a key pillar of the nation’s energy transition, and its rapid development is imperative for Vietnam’s net emissions reduction. However, issues remain with policy frameworks and grid capacity.
Vietnam could become an emerging wind power market if it removes existing barriers to its progress, experts have said.
Vietnam’s offshore windpower potential is great, and the opportunities to develop it must not be missed just because of difficulties in the development of this new industry.