GE turbines to power wind farm

The Hai Phong plant in Viet Nam, representing a US$61 million investment by GE Energy, is producing generators for 1.5MW wind turbines. GE equipment today supplies approximately 10 per cent of Viet Nam's power generation capacity. — VNS File Photo

The Hai Phong plant in Viet Nam, representing a US$61 million investment by GE Energy, is producing generators for 1.5MW wind turbines. GE equipment today supplies approximately 10 per cent of Viet Nam's power generation capacity. — VNS File Photo

HCM CITY (VNS) — GE Power and Water, a unit of GE, signed a contract with Cong Ly Construction-Trade-Tourism Ltd (Cong Ly Ltd.) last Saturday to provide 52 wind turbines for phase two of the project.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by US Secretary of State John Kerry during his recent visit to Viet Nam.

The turbines, which have total output of 83.2 MW, will start commercial operations in October next year.

“We are delighted that Phase One of the Bac Lieu wind farm has been completed and connected to the national grid,” said To Hoai Dan, Chairman of Cong Ly Company Ltd.

“This paved the way for Phase Two, which will continue to improve the social and economic conditions of the province by creating hundreds of jobs requiring technical and industrial skills, while contributing more power to the national grid.

“We also hope this project will help attract further investment into Bac Lieu Province and provide momentum to move forward with wind power development in the region and in Viet Nam,” he said.

GE provides technological support for a variety of power generation projects throughout the country. With an installed base of more than 2,000 megawatts, GE equipment today supplies approximately 10 per cent of Viet Nam’s power generation capacity.

In 2009, GE increased its investment in the future of Viet Nam by establishing a wind-turbine components manufacturing plant in Hai Phong.

The facility has created over 600 local jobs and exported thousands of units of generator systems and wind turbine components that contribute to global energy solutions.

Nguyen My Lan, CEO of GE in Viet Nam said: “As a part of our ‘company-to-country’ strategy, the Bac Lieu project is a clear demonstration of our commitment to supporting the development of local partners as well as contributing to the renewable energy development in Viet Nam.

“With the huge potential of Viet Nam’s wind power, we hope to continue cooperating with Vietnamese partners to pioneer wind power projects in the future.” — VNS

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