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Tra Vinh (VNA) – A ground breaking ceremony was held in the southern province of Tra Vinh on February 24 to commence the first phase of a wind power project invested by the Republic of Korea (RoK).

The project worth 130 million USD covers over 1,200 hectares and is designed with a capacity of 48 MW.

Once commissioned in February 2017, it is expected to generate over 173,000 MWh of power per year.

Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Tran Anh Dung said Tra Vinh has the potential to develop wind power projects at coastal areas in Duyen Hai district and continental areas in Cau Ngang district.

The development of wind power aims to create clean energy and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and environmental pollution.

In addition to supporting the national power grid and ensuring energy security, the projects will also help create jobs for locals and contribute around 30-40 billion VND (1.35-1.8 million USD) per year to the local budget.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade has approved a plan to develop wind power in Tra Vinh through 2020 and with a vision towards 2030, targeting a wind power output of 634 million kWh by 2020.

So far, the province has planned six wind power projects at coastal areas in Duyen Hai district and Duyen Hai town, which span over 7,600 hectares.-VNA