The turbines, which have total output of 83.2 MW, will start commercial operation in October 2014.
The signing ceremony held in Ho Chi Minh city on December 14 was witnessed by US Secretary of State John Kerry during his visit to Vietnam.
The Bac Lieu wind farm project has proved the success of the model which leverages both US technology and financing by US Exim Bank to develop green energy for the country.
Commencing in 2011, work on the 1st phase of the Bac Lieu wind farm project, with installation of 10 turbines totaling 16MW, was completed and connected to the national grid in May 2013.
“We are delighted that the 1st phase of the Bac Lieu wind farm project has been completed and connected to the national grid. This has paved the way for the 2nd phase which will continue to improve the social and economic conditions of Bac Lieu province by creating hundreds of jobs requiring technical and industrial skills, while contributing more power to the national grid. It will also help attract further investment into the province and provide momentum to move forward with wind power development in the region and in Vietnam”, said Mr. To Hoai Dan, Chairman of Cong Ly construction-trade-tourism Ltd.
The GE wind turbines chosen for this project, who are made in the US, feature an 82.5 meter rotor for class III wind conditions, making it a good match for the Bac Lieu site. The 1.6-82.5 builds on the success and the global experience of GE’s 1.6MW wind turbine, the industry’s most widely deployed megawatt-class machine with more than 19,000 units installed worldwide.
The Bac Lieu project is a clear demonstration of GE commitment to supporting the development of local partners as well as contributing to the renewable energy development in the nation.
GE provides technological support for a variety of power generation projects throughout the country. With an installed base of more than 2,000MW, GE equipment today supplies approximately 10 percent of Vietnam’s power generation capacity./.