Quang Tri Province Prioritizes Wind Power Investment to Diversify Energy Sources | Business
Quang Tri (VNA) – The central province of Quang Tri strives to attract investment in the field of renewable energyparticularly wind power, to make the locality an energy hub by 2030.
The western mountainous region of the province has favorable conditions for wind power development with an average wind speed of 6 to 8 meters per second and vast terrain.
The number of wind power projects completed in Quang Tri province increased significantly last year. Specifically, it has 17 additional projects in operation, bringing the total number of commercial wind projects to 19 with a total capacity of over 671 MW. 12 other projects are under construction this year.
The potential for attracting wind energy investment to Quang Tri is still very large. In addition to the 31 wind projects commissioned and under construction, it has 53 projects that have been submitted for review by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
In March, the provincial people’s committee gave the infrastructure and transport investment construction joint-stock company the go-ahead to conduct an investigation and submit planning documents for the Intracom offshore wind project.
The project will have a capacity of 1,000 MW and a total investment of 72 trillion VND (3.1 billion USD).
Current wind power plants also create spin-offs in other areas. Circuits have been set up to attract more visitors to the province, and roads have been upgraded to serve wind power stations and connect municipalities in mountainous border areas.
Vo Van Hung, chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said attracting wind power investment will bring great economic benefits, adding that 1 MW of wind power would contribute between 600 and 800 million VND to the local budget each year. It also has less impact on the environment, he said.
Recently, the province used 148 hectares of forest to build wind projects. Of a total of 1,800 hectares of land planned by the province for energy investments, 439 hectares are earmarked for wind energy, he said.
The provincial authority has approved an assessment of the impacts of wind projects on the environment, natural resources and socio-economic conditions for the period 2021-2025, with a vision for 2030./.