PROJECT | Staff Reporter, Vietnam

Investors look to inject $150b in Vietnam's power sector

The country will need 60GW by 2020 to meet its surging power demand.

Energy investors are eyeing to spend up to $150b in Vietnam’s power sector over the coming decade, although coal is still expected to dominate the energy mix despite efforts to go green, a report by Reuters revealed.

With a population nudging 100 million and annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth around 7%, Vietnam has forecast power generation will need to rise from about 47GW currently to 60GW by 2020 and 129GW by 2030.

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The country’s current Power Development Plan (PDP 7) puts coal front and centre to meet new demand.

Whilst generation is set to double, PDP 7 forecast coal-fired generation would grow rapidly to 2030, with its share of the energy market rising from 33% to 56%.

Facing a rapid rise in pollution, the Ministry of Industry and Trade has started to offer incentives for renewables, which so far only play a marginal role in Vietnam’s energy sector.

According to a draft law planned for June, state-owned utility Vietnam Electricity (EVN), which distributes all of the country’s power, will pay solar projects between $0.0667 and $0.1087/kWh.

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