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UK investor to build solar power plant in Quang Ngai

Released at: 15:23, 22/08/2016

UK investor to build solar power plant in Quang Ngai

Photo: Duc Anh/Illustration

Investor meets with officials from central province over $227 million project.

by Hong Nhung

The UK’s Kimin Power Company successfully proposed the development of a solar power plant project in central Quang Ngai province at a recent meeting with provincial authorities.

The company plans to build a solar power plant with total investment capital of $227 million on an area of 250 ha in Pho An commune, Duc Pho district.

Ms. Ho Minh Hoa, Head of the Foreign Economic Relations Division at the Quang Ngai Department of Planning and Investment, told VET that “the province agrees with the investor’s proposal and appreciates its willingness to invest here.”

Construction will include the installation of photovoltaic solar panels, a shelf bracket system and internal roads between array panels, a cable trench with an area of 210 ha, 0.4/22kV booster voltage transformers with a capacity of 2-2.5 MVA, electrical substations of 110kV, and connecting shunts covering around 10 ha.

The project’s output capacity is expected to be 150 MW. “This capacity is reasonable but the investment capital is quite high,” Ms. Hoa said. “The investor will reconsider the scale of the project.”

Leaders from Kimin Power introduced the company at the meeting and its ongoing projects in renewable energy around the world.

Through research and preliminary surveys in Pho An commune it believes the area has great potential and meets the necessary conditions for renewable energy development, particularly solar power. It has therefore requested that Quang Ngai provide favorable conditions for it to get the project underway quickly.

Once operational the plant will significantly contribute to the electricity supply locally and in the central region as a whole in the years to come.

The project will also create jobs and contribute to local budget revenue and limit environmental impacts by reducing fossil fuel emissions.

In concluding the meeting, Chairman of the Quang Ngai People’s Committee Tran Ngoc Cang assigned related departments to guide the developer in completing investment procedures. He also noted that Kimin Power should carefully evaluate the effectiveness of the project, its implementation schedule, and its compliance with the national master plan.

The Thien Tan Group has also been developing a solar power project in Quang Ngai province. Ground was broken in Vietnam’s first-ever solar power plant in August last year, with total investment at nearly $41 million.

The government has recently approved a proposal from the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) to issue support mechanisms to encourage solar energy projects in the country. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked MoIT to add more specific regulations to the country’s solar power plan.

A temporary power price will be piloted in the 2016-2018 period for solar power projects connected to the grid and with development potential.

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