Vietnam's 2nd wind power plant links up with national grid

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The wind power farm in Bac Lieu Province

A wind power plant in the southern coastal province of Bac Lieu was linked to the national grid Wednesday nearly three years after construction began on it.

The plant, the first of its kind in the Mekong Delta and the second in Vietnam, has a capacity of 56 million kilowatts a year now.

When completed in June 2014, the 500-hectare wind farm will have 62 turbines atop 80-meter towers that will produce around 320 million kilowatts a year. 

The stainless steel towers are made in the US and their 42-meter blades fold automatically during storms.

The project is expected to cost US$249.30 million.

Cong Ly Construction, Commerce and Tourism Company in neighboring Ca Mau Province is building the plant partly with loans from the US's Export-Import Bank.

Tuoi Tre newspaper quoted Pham Hoang Be, chairman of Bac Lieu, as saying the plant marks the start of clean energy development in the delta.

In April last year the country's first wind power plant went on stream in the central province of Binh Thuan after a three-year trial run. It has a capacity of 90 million kilowatts.

Ho Son Hung, a Binh Thuan industry official, said the province has received applications for 16 wind power projects with a total capacity of 1,350 megawatts, Thoi Bao Kinh Te Saigon newspaper reported.

A study by the province found that it has wind power potential of more than 5,000 megawatts.

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