10MW made-in-Vietnam wind turbine towers are now undertaking their finishing touches prior to being loaded onto vessels to depart from Phu My industrial park, Vietnam to the site of the Jeonnam 1 offshore wind project, off the coast of Jeonnam province in southwest Korea, later this month.

On April 12th, 2024, Mr. Ryan Colbeck – EPC Director of Jeonnam 1 project, Mr. Stuart Livesey – Representative of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) in Vietnam, Ms. Nhi Le Thi Phuong – Managing Director of Siemens Gamesa Vietnam, Mr. Kien Nguyen The – Head of CS Wind Vietnam made a site visit to CS Wind manufacturing yard in Ba Ria – Vung Tau to celebrate the completion and the sailing away of these wind turbine towers.

The 10 wind turbine towers were manufactured in CS Wind Vietnam’s plant in Phu My town, Ba Ria – Vung Tau (the first wind tower production base of CS Wind, since 2003). This fabrication falls under a contract in which CS Wind produces wind turbine towers for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (Siemens Gamesa), who will then supply the full suite of offshore wind turbines for the Jeonnam 1 offshore wind project.

Jeonnam 1 is a joint venture between SK E&S – one of the largest conglomerates in South Korea and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) – the world’s largest dedicated fund manager in greenfield renewable energy investments and a global leader in offshore wind. The project is being jointly developed by Copenhagen Offshore Partners (COP), the exclusive offshore wind development partner to CIP, and SK E&S. The 99MW project is expected to become the first Korean commercial-scale offshore wind farm to go into operation in 2024, providing green electricity equivalent to approximately 60,000 households in Korea.

After inauguration of the new offshore wind tower factory in Ba Ria – Vung Tau on 15th Mar 2024, CS Wind Vietnam would be able to participate in Vietnam’s offshore wind supply chain and could deliver for CIP’s projects in Vietnam such as the 3.5GW La Gan project, in addition to their work on the Korea offshore wind market amongst other markets. Just over a year ago (on April 3rd, 2023), CIP & CS Wind Corporation’s headquarter signed an MoU, in which CS Wind could be the potential wind turbine tower and foundation supplier for the La Gan offshore wind project off the coast of Binh Thuan province, as well as supporting other offshore wind projects in CIP’s Vietnam portfolio.

Mr. Stuart Livesey, Representative of CIP in Vietnam, stated: “Vietnam is in a great position to support its own offshore wind industry and could become a regional hub for exporting offshore wind components such as foundations, offshore substations, offshore wind turbine towers and beyond. With the upcoming encouraging policies from the government paving the way to initiate the offshore wind industry, Vietnam will be able to receive the huge economic and social benefits from the development of the local supply chain in addition to securing home-produced green energy achieving energy security and catering to the needs of increasing energy demand. I am excited to see how Siemens Gamesa and CS Wind are utilizing Vietnam as a fabrication base for offshore wind facilities in south Korea, taking advantage of the available skilled labor in Vietnam”.

“CIP is willing to exchange our international knowledge, skills, and experience with the local suppliers in Vietnam, together promoting for the mature of the offshore wind market in the country. We have also recently gone a step further by releasing our Jobs in Offshore Wind brochure (available at https://offshorewindvietnam.com/), which also focuses on the Vietnamese labor market and the opportunities that offshore wind can bring to those wishing to work within this exciting and new green technology field”, he added.