Vietnam southern wind farm to use GE technology

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General Electric Co. said it will provide 10 turbines and technical services to Bac Lieu Wind Farm, the first of its kind in Vietnam's Mekong Delta.

The project, developed by local firm Cong Ly Ltd, aims to bring clean power generation to the Mekong Delta region, which is known as the rice basket of the country and also accounts for a large amount of seafood exports.

The first phase has a generation capacity of 16 megawatts and the second phase could add up to 120 megawatts of wind power to help the country resolve its chronic power shortages, GE said in a statement last week.

"This will be the first large-scale industrial/energy project in Bac Lieu Province, which has huge potential in wind energy, along with agriculture and seafood farming," said To Hoai Dan, chairman of Cong Ly Company. "We expect that the project will help to improve the social and economic conditions of the province by creating new jobs requiring technical and industrial skills, while producing much-needed power," he said.

GE said the Bac Lieu project further expands its role in Vietnam. The US company said its equipment supplies approximately 18 percent of the Vietnam's power generation capacity.

In 2009, GE established a new manufacturing plant near the seaport city of Hai Phong. The facility produces wind turbine components, and the first wind turbine generators built there were shipped in May last year.

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