Enercon enters Vietnamese market

The German manufacturer will also establish a “service station” in the south-eastern province of Ninh Thuan and is currently in talks with the same customers for a further 152MW of orders, the company added.

It had previously set up a national subsidiary in the south-east Asian country, Enercon Vietnam Company, with an office registered in the country’s largest city, Ho Chi Minh.

Steffen Brauns, Enercon’s regional manager for Asia Pacific, said Vietnam has “very good prospects for onshore wind energy”.

Enercon will provide its 2.35MW E-103 EP2 model to the 16-turbine Mui Dinh and 17-turbine first phase of the 34MW Trung Nam projects, both of which are in Ninh Thuan province on Vietnam’s south-central coast.

The turbines will be installed on tubular steel towers with a hub height of 85 metres, the manufacturer stated.

German developer eab New Energy is developing Mui Dinh, while Trung Nam Wind Power, a joint stock company of the Trung Nam group, is developing the wind farm of the same name.

Main components of the wind turbines have been shipped to Vietnam from suppliers in Europe, while the towers are being provided by local suppliers, mainly from South Korea, Enercon stated.

An unspecified number of turbines have already been installed, the manufacturer stated, and commissioning of the first turbines is expected to follow from the beginning of October.

Enercon added that it was in talks with both developers about orders for further projects in Vietnam that would have a total capacity of 152MW. It also stated that its recently launched EP3 platform might be used at these wind farms.

The manufacturer told Windpower Monthly in August that it was increasingly looking to international markets in response to declining installation figures in its native Germany.