VCCI Proposes Government To Accelerate Appraisal And Approval Of The Supplementary Plan of Wind Power

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Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) proposed the Government to push up the appraisal and approval of a supplementary plan of wind power to promptly implement under Decision on a mechanism to support the development of wind power projects in Vietnam.VCCI suggested that the duration of implementation of the act should be extended till the end of 31 December 2023 as many projects are behind schedule on prolonged site clearance and planning procedures and wind turbine suppliers from Europe are ceasing their production.

On 10 September 2018, the Prime Minister, for in-land wind power, ordered that the purchase price at the delivery point is VND 1,927/kWh, equivalent to 8.5 Us Cents/kWh (excluding VAT); for offshore wind power, the price at the delivery point is VND 2,223/kWh, equivalent to 9.8 Us cent/kWh (excluding VAT). The price is applicable to wind powers with a part of or the whole plants whose commercial operation date is before 1 November 2021 and within 20 years from commercial operation date.

The decision has created a driving force for the development of the wind power market in Vietnam.  Hundreds of projects have been proposed to the supplementary planning; many projects are being constructed. However, up to now, there are 11 projects put into operation with the total capacity of 377 MW.

The reason is that from 1st November 2018, investment registration and supplementary planning activities for new wind power projects and transmission grid projects releasing capacity have been delayed for more than a year due to no guidance on the implementation of the Planning Law which came into effect from 1 January 2019. There are still 45,000MW of wind power (250 projects) proposed by the provinces that have not been appraised and supplemented on the planning, VCCI stated.

VCCI has explained that The complicated COVID-19 pandemic across the world has affected the progress of turbine supply, prolonged construction, installation and delayed the wind powers projects progress; production and supply activities of main equipment, components of the projects have become insufficient or stagnated; the immigration of foreign technical workers and experts is interrupted, etc.

According to the report submitted to the Prime Minister, VCCI suggested the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) should instruct commercial banks to allow enterprises to invest in the energy sector, including a reduction in the requirements of equity capital when borrowing capital (from 30% – 40% to 15% – 20%) to invest in this sector, especially in wind power and solar power to serve energy security.

VCCI also suggested that the SBV take stronger measures to encourage commercial banks to make a further reduction of 2-3% for new and existing loans (around 4-5% for VND loan and 2-3% for USD-denominated loan) for each group of customers affected by the Covid-19.

The SBV needs close guidance for commercial banks so that they are stand by, sympathize, and share difficulties with businesses affected by the pandemic. Because the nature of the banking-business relationship is symbiotic, coexistence, and development. It is necessary to strengthen the application of credit guarantee methods to ensure the best accessibility to loans for businesses, it added.

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