Vietnam, Ben Tre province, 27 September, 2022 - Mainstream Renewable Power ("Mainstream"), the global pureplay renewable energy company, and its local partner AIT Corporation, have installed a LiDAR unit at the 500 MW Ben Tre offshore wind farm project ("Ben Tre Project") in Vietnam, reaching a key development milestone for the project.
The LiDAR unit is placed on a fixed platform which is located in Vietnam's East Sea, 40 km from the coast of Ben Tre province at water depths of 25 meters, making it the furthest wind measurement platform from shore in Vietnam.
The unit will continuously log data via satellite for approximately 18 months to provide an accurate assessment of the wind conditions at sea. LiDAR installation plays a key role in the project development ramp-up with the operational target for Ben Tre wind farm set for 2026.
Milestones already achieved include site survey license award, as one of only two offshore projects to have received this license, and the completion of the Unexploded Ordinance Survey (UXO) and geotechnical investigations.
The Ben Tre project will play a key role in Vietnam's energy transition through its investment of USD 1.4 billion over the course of the project construction. The Ben Tre Project has the potential to play a pioneering role in Vietnam's green energy future and can facilitate the country's ambitions to transition away from conventional fossil fueled energy production.
Mainstream has been operating in Vietnam since 2017 and signed a joint development agreement with AIT in 2020. Mainstream's longstanding international track record of leveraging capital and project development expertise, combined with AIT's market knowledge of electrical infrastructure construction in Vietnam will help the country transition to renewable energy.
Bernard Casey, Chief Operating Officer for Mainstream in the APAC Region, stated "The Ben Tre Project has the potential to play a pioneering role in Vietnam's green energy future and will contribute to the realization of the Vietnamese government's ambitions to install 7 GW of offshore wind before 2030. These ambitions are deeply aligned with Mainstream's as we ramp up infrastructure investments worldwide in renewables to tackle global warming."
Hoang Thanh Hai, Chairman of AIT said, "We are pleased to see this milestone achieved safely and on time and are looking forward to accelerating development on this key project with Mainstream."
A LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is a remote sensing equipment that accurately maps wind conditions, including wind speed, direction, and other atmospheric conditions, and is used in offshore wind projects to provide data to determine energy output for an offshore zone.
As part of the recent draft National Power Development Plan 8 (PDP8), an estimated 72.5 GW of offshore wind energy will be needed to replace fossil fuels in Vietnam by 2050.
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