The Thang Long Asia Wind Farm could well enable Vietnam to become the leader in clean energy in Asia Pacific (APAC). With this park, the country intends to stimulate local employment and establish itself as a market leader. For now, Enterprize Energy is launching marine data surveys, off the coast of Binh Thuan. The objective is to have a global view to implant its future wind turbines.
A 3.4 GW wind farm in Vietnamese waters
Launch of the marine survey phase
Enterprize Energy, announced the launch of marine surveys off the coast of Binh Thuan province in Vietnam. This is a key step in its 3.4 GW Thang Long offshore wind project. One of the largest offshore wind farms granted a survey license by the Vietnamese government.
For this purpose, the developer has engaged the services of local marine service provider Hai Duong Co Ltd (Haduco). Thien Nam Positioning Company was chosen for its logistics services throughout Southeast Asia.
They will provide ships, personnel and equipment. They will be used to explore the bathymetry of the area and identify seabed features. From this first survey, Enterprize Energy will focus its more in-depth geophysical studies on areas with high potential.
Mapping sandbanks, reefs and wrecks will allow us to secure the implantation of future wind turbines.
A 6-phase project of over 400 MW
In total, the Thang Long project comprises five 600 MW phases and one 400 MW phase.
The first phase of the project, with a capacity of 600 MW, will include 64 MHI Vestas 9.5 MW turbines. It is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2025. The remaining phases are expected to be developed on an ongoing basis, subject to network availability.
Becoming the Asia-Pacific clean energy leader by 2030
Vietnam is expected to become a clean energy leader in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) by 2030. Its goal is to produce 21% of the region’s installed renewable energy capacity. And this, thanks to an estimated wind potential of 160 GW in the waters of the area.
To this end, the deployment of numerous offshore wind projects, such as Binh Thuan, will be essential. Not only will it be crucial for developers to work directly with local supply chains. But the projects will also need to coexist with existing critical coastal activities, such as tourism and fishing.
David Wotherspoon, director of development for Enterprize Energy, spoke about the company’s goals, including:
“We can then [ … ] ensure that we exploit the best wind resource off the coast of Binh Thuan, working closely with local communities and existing interests in the surrounding area.”
This will then ensure Vietnam’s local economic benefits while participating in the country’s ecological transition.