Press realease: Enterprize Energy provides update on Ke Ga – First “Bluewater” Offshore Wind Farm in Vietnam

Speaking at the UK’s “Vietnam-Towards A Low Carbon Energy Future” Conference in Ha Noi, Enterprize’s Chairman & Founder, Ian Hatton provided an update on the progress of the project proposed between 20 and 50 km offshore, Binh Thuan Province (Ke Ga cape), where an average wind speed of 9.5m/s has been recorded.  

On January 22, 2019, the Prime Minister directed Enterprize to prepare and conduct a survey program, feasibility report and formal proposal to put 3,400 MW of Ke Ga offshore wind power project (Binh Thuan) into National Power Development Plan 7.

On March 11, the detailed survey and work plan to evaluate the 2,000 square kilometer Ke Ga ‘zone’ was submitted by Enterprize to the Ministry of Industry and Trade for approval. The contents of the plan include full environmental impact assessment, geotechnical research, wind resource assessment, grid connection and impact analysis plus, design of sub-structures for offshore turbines and sub-stations, a project execution plan and a financing plan.

The contractor for the entire survey plan is the Electricity Construction Consultancy Joint Stock Company 3 (EVN PECC3), supported by Enterprize Energy’s technical team and technical advisers from UK companies such as ODE, APEM and Braemar. Financial planning is supported by Societe Generale, appointed by Enterprize to lead this process.

Enterprize has adopted an accelerated, parallel processed  schedule to promote the rapid development of the Ke Ga zone. It has previously announced selection of MVOW to supply wind turbine generators, the design of sub-structures by Vietsovpetro, and their fabrication by Vietsovpetro and PVC-MS. Societe Generale has been appointed lead advisor for project financing and structuring.

Subject to Government approvals, Enterprize  is targeting commissioning the first string of turbines by the end of 2022 and completing the proposed 600 MW of the initial construction phase during 2023.

In his presentation, Ian Hatton announced that Enterprize would be engaging with ODE to further develop the Articulated Wind Column (AWC) foundation, which can provide a cost-effective turbine foundation solution for water depts from 70 to 150 metres. He commented “we see real potential for this foundation in Taiwan, Vietnam and Japan. Enterprize has already identified prospective sites in Vietnam and Taiwan for its deployment”. “It is a great example of technology transfer from the oil and gas sector, an area where the UK has been an exemplar of engineering excellence in successfully opening up energy resources in extremely challenging marine conditions”.

On March 7, Mr. Hatton was invited to address the Central Economic Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, contributing to the development of future energy policy for Vietnam. He is the first non-Vietnamese person to be invited to present to the committee.

“This is a great honour for the Enterprize team and I to be able to contribute our experience to Vietnam’s future energy policy development” he said. “It comes in our tenth year of operation, a year where we have made progress in Taiwan with the Hai Long Project, which signed the PPA for the 300 MW ‘2A’ phase out of a total of 1,044 MW. Additionally, in the UK,  we are preparing to participate in the drilling of a gas production well in the Southern North Sea to complement our plans to develop a natural gas and offshore wind hybrid”.