Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), main investor of La Gan Wind farm, together with the Union of Science and Technology Associations and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment of Binh Thuan, organized the workshop “Binh Thuan: Prospects for the development of the offshore wind power industry to promote the marine economy” in August 29, 2023.

The workshop was attended by His Excellency Nicolai Prytz – Danish Ambassador to Vietnam, Mr. Phan Van Dang – Vice Chairman of Binh Thuan People’s Committee, Mr. Vo Van Hoa – Director of Binh Thuan Department of Industry and Trade, Mr. Do Van Thai – Deputy Director of Binh Thuan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Mr. Luong Thanh Son – President of Binh Thuan Union of Science and Technology Associations, and more than 100 representatives from governmental agencies, associations and businesses interested in the offshore wind industry.

Danish Ambassador to Vietnam Nicolai Prytz

The workshop was organized to introduce the opportunities that offshore wind power development in Binh Thuan will bring and its ability to coexist with other marine activities, in terms of socio-economic benefits, local supply chain and employment opportunities, and the possibility to develop the marine economy in parallel with existing activities such as fisheries and recreation.

According to Mr. Stuart Livesey, representative of CIP in Vietnam and CEO of the 3.5GW La Gan Offshore Wind Farm, Binh Thuan is one of the areas with the best wind potential in Vietnam, the province has ideal seabed conditions for installing fixed-bottom wind turbine foundations and has the potential to develop seaports and large-scale power grid support from offshore wind energy. He emphasized that the implementation of an offshore wind project promises to create high-quality jobs for Vietnamese workforce in the local province and nationally, providing opportunities to transfer advanced technologies and to develop the local supply chain and to help this evolve to take advantage of increasing opportunities.

Mr. Stuart Livesey, representative of CIP in Vietnam and CEO of the La Gan Offshore Wind Farm presented the economic and social benefits of offshore wind industry

At the workshop, experts from CIP shared in-depth experiences drawn from their development of offshore wind projects around the world. International experience shows that the development of offshore wind power can benefit communities in many ways, working in harmony with fisheries activities and boost the tourism industry as well as the ecosystems if appropriate measures and high international standards are applied. In addition, based on CIP’s studies, the localization ratio in an offshore wind farm for Vietnam can reach over 40%. It means that with the planned 10.5 billion USD estimated cost for La Gan offshore wind farm, the Vietnamese content will be approximately 4,4 billion USD, with costs focussed on development and project management, foundations, onshore and offshore substations, construction port, operation, and maintenance services.

Mr. Phan Van Dang – Vice Chairman of Binh Thuan Provincial People’s Committee

Speaking at the workshop, Mr. Phan Van Dang – Vice Chairman of Binh Thuan Provincial People’s Committee affirmed the province’s determination in creating a favourable and friendly environment for offshore wind power investors. Ambassador Prytz highly appreciates the determination of Binh Thuan province and said that as a pioneer and a world leader in offshore wind energy since 1991, Denmark is keen to share the experiences and support Binh Thuan in particular and Vietnam in general to successfully initiate the offshore wind industry.