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Denmark to assist Vietnam with Offshore Wind

The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) and the Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority (EREA) of Vietnam have initiated a partnership with the purpose of mapping the potential for offshore wind off the coast of Vietnam.

The Southeast Asian nation needs to invest billions in its future energy production to accommodate growing national demand. A high-level Vietnamese delegation is currently on a study tour to the birthplace of offshore wind to seek inspiration from Danish solutions and competencies.

The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) and the Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority (EREA) of Vietnam have initiated a partnership with the purpose of mapping the potential for offshore wind off the coast of Vietnam.

Presently a Vietnamese delegation is visiting Denmark to seek inspiration from Danish competencies and solutions within offshore wind, energy planning and energy efficiency.

The Vietnamese main land has a coastline of 3.260 km and especially the sea east of Ho Chi Minh City is considered one of the areas in South East Asia with greatest potential for offshore wind.

Vietnam is the 14th most populous country in the world. With yearly economic growth rates above 6%, the republic has also experienced a large increase in its national energy consumption. This has entailed a massive expansion of fossil fuel, and Vietnam’s CO₂ emissions from energy has almost septuplet from 1994 to 2004.

To accommodate the increasing energy demand Vietnam needs to invest billions in its future energy production, and in order to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, it is crucial that growth economies like Vietnam decide to invest in green instead of black technology.

The delegation, led by General Director Phuong Hoang Kim of EREA, is traveling around Denmark visiting the Danish Energy Agency and Energy Lab in Copenhagen, the Avdedøre plant, test facilities at Lindø Offshore Renewables Center in Munkebo, Siemens-Gamesa Renewable Energy in Brande, Energinet in Fredericia and the offshore hub at Esbjerg Harbor.

Next step in the cooperation between DEA and EREA will be to develop a roadmap to Vietnamese authorities presenting solutions on how to kick start offshore wind in the coming years.

The results will be presented at a workshop in Hanoi before summer 2020. Therefore, the study tour program has a strong focus on the most important aspects within energy efficiency, energy planning and offshore wind, including research and development, regulation and planning, production of wind turbines and administration of large-scale wind farms.

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