The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded grant money to private Vietnamese developer Cong Ly Ltd to study feasibility of a 300MW third phase of the Bac Lieu Wind farm in shallow waters of the Mekong Delta.
USTDA did not release amount of the funding, which will enable Cong Ly Ltd to examine the technical challenges posed by the offshore site.
The study will include a wind resource and energy assessment, a review of permitting and land control issues, an electrical grid interconnection and foundation design, construction cost estimates, and a financing plan.
USTDA will tender the contract to carry out the study through competitive bidding.
The 16MW first phase of Bac Lieu became operational in August 2013 and the 83MW second phase is under construction. General Electric provided the wind turbines including 50 for the second phase that the US Export-Import Bank is financing.
The study builds upon USTDA’s portfolio of wind sector projects in Vietnam. These include an ongoing grid code development and renewable integration feasibility study undertaken in cooperation with the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam and GE International.
“USTDA is pleased to support the increase of renewable energy production in Vietnam through the expansion of the Bac Lieu Wind Farm,” says Sarah Randolph, country manager for Southeast Asia. “This grant represents the next step in a series of successful partnerships with Vietnam’s wind power sector.”