Deputy PM praises Irish company’s investment in wind power

Friday, Nov 22, 2019 08:28

Construction of a wind farm, owned by Mainstream Renewable Power's Africa joint venture Lekela Power. — Photo courtesy of Mainstream Renewable Power

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung highly appreciates interest from Ireland-based Mainstream Renewable Power in renewable energy in Viet Nam, especially its investment in an offshore wind farm in the southern province of Soc Trang.

At a reception for Andy Kinsella, Chief Executive Officer of the company, in Ha Noi on Thursday, Dung said Viet Nam has paid great attention to developing green energy.

The Vietnamese Government has issued specific mechanisms for the development of each kind of renewable energy, including the review of wind power prices, he said.

He also believes that the exploitation and use of renewable energy will help Viet Nam diversify and control supply sources while protecting the environment and realising its commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the Paris Agreement.

Regarding the wind farm in Soc Trang, the Deputy PM suggested the Irish company co-operate with domestic firms and use local products during the construction.

The project should align with the development of Viet Nam’s power network, he stressed.

Kinsella said his company highly values the Vietnamese Government’s mechanisms and policies towards renewable energy and wind power in particular.

The company has completed technical preparations and is ready to begin the construction of the US$2 billion project in mid-2020, he said, adding that the wind farm is set to be operational in 2023.

According to Kinsella, Mainstream Renewable Power has devised policies on cooperation with Vietnamese firms, as well as the use of local technologies and materials. — VNS

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