Norway stand ready to contribute to unlocking the full potential of wind power in Vietnam
|Ambassador Hilde Solbakken give her welcome message to Vietnam Wind Power Conference 2022. (Source: Norwegian Embassy in Vietnam)|
This is second year the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Hanoi and its Commercial Section - Innovation Norway co-organize Vietnam Wind Power Conference together with the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), and other partners including the Power Engineering Consulting Joint Stock Company (PECC4).
Vietnam Wind Power is an official industry event in Vietnam organized by GWEC since 2018. It provides a platform for the government and the industry to discuss pressing issues around the development of wind energy in Vietnam.
VWP22 will spotlight the participation of H.E. Mrs. Hilde Solbakken, Ambassador of Norway to Vietnam; Mr Ole Henæs, Regional Director Asia & Middle East at Innovation Norway; Mr Arne-Kjetil Lian, Director of Innovation Norway in Hanoi, Commercial Counsellor; together with the Norwegian companies leading in wind energy sector including Equinor, Scatec, Mainstream Renewable Power.
In the context of Vietnam’s strong political will and commitment to addressing climate change including the ambitious commitment to reach net-zero target by 2050, which has been confirmed in the updated National Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted at COP27 in Cairo, radical transformation in every sector of the economy is needed to meet the threat of climate change. A shift to clean and renewable energy, including wind power, is at the centre of this transition.
In her welcome message, Ambassador Hilde Solbakken emphasized: "Like Vietnam, Norway is in the process of developing the offshore wind industry. We have much to gain from sharing our experiences on developing enabling domestic policies that spur on new knowledge, technical advances, and investments in offshore wind. Bringing all relevant stakeholders into this work, across economic sectors and geographies, can help us find the best way forward".
According to Ambassador Hilde Solbakken, Vietnam Wind Power 2022 offers a great forum for all stakeholders to discuss these matters as well as challenges. The Norwegian Embassy and Innovation Norway, along with the Norwegian energy companies in Vietnam stand ready to contribute to unlocking the full potential of wind power in Vietnam.
|Vietnam Wind Power is an official industry event in Vietnam organized by GWEC since 2018. (Source: Norwegian Embassy in Vietnam)|
For his part, Commercial Counsellor Arne-Kjetil Lian, said: “We are pleased to have the Norwegian leading companies in wind power being active in VWP22 today. All of them have established commercial presence in Vietnam and have extensive experience to share in developing, managing and operating wind power projects".
When it comes to the offshore wind, Norway has a lot to share. Norway continues to drive innovation in floating offshore wind, building an industry that is scalable, cost competitive and nature friendly. Now Norway is operating the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm, Hywind Tampen. This industry milestone is a natural outcome of Norway’s decades of offshore experience in harsh conditions and an unrivalled Norwegian supply industry.
"At VWP22 our companies will take part in different panels and share our experiences on different topics (such as from policy making to practical operation, management of wind project, offshore supply chain and port infrastructure development, and how we can assist the Government and businesses of Vietnam in the implementation of offshore wind energy target by 2030”, he added.
Back to Vietnam in a new capacity, Mr Ole Henæs, Regional Director Asia & Middle East at Innovation Norway, emphasized that Vietnam is considered to have the best wind resources in Southeast Asia with a long coastline, shallow water depths and high consistent wind speeds. To unblock this immense potential, Vietnam needs a strong local supply chain and good technologies and expertise, in addition to a stable and enabling regulatory framework.
"This is what Norwegian business community in Vietnam and the region is ready to share. With the very impressive GDP growth rates over the past two years, Vietnam has a very promising future for wind power and has ample opportunities for business cooperation. Innovation Norway in the region will do our best to facilitate this”, Mr Ole Henæs said.
|When it comes to the offshore wind, Norway has a lot to share. (Source: Norwegian Embassy in Vietnam)|
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