Laos to supply Vietnam power from Mitsubishi-built wind farm
Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation will develop Southeast Asia’s largest wind farm in Laos to supply electricity to Vietnam, where demand is expected to grow continuously.
Wind turbines in the central province of Ninh Thuan. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran.
The 600-megawatt onshore project, the first wind farm in Laos, will be located in southern provinces of Sekong and Attapeu, the company said in a statement.
By installing a dedicated transmission line to Vietnam, power from the wind farm, which is set to begin commercial operations by 2023, will be sold to national utility Vietnam Electricity for 25 years.
It is expected that Vietnam’s growing economy will have high demand for power, especially during the dry season, when hydropower generation is limited.
The onshore wind farm is being developed as part of a memorandum of understanding on power interchange signed between the Vietnamese and Lao governments in October 2016.
It is expected to be the first cross-border electricity interchange from wind power generation in Southeast Asia.