Ayala group renewable energy arm AC Energy has signed a deal with American firm General Electric (GE) for the supply of turbines for their 40 MW second phase Mui Ne wind farm power project in Binh Thuan province, Vietnam.
This is in partnership with Singaporean Blue Circle.
The Ayala firm noted that the notice to proceed (NTP) was signed with General Electric renewable energy this week, allowing the american firm to supply its Cypress wind turbines for the Vietnam venture, according to a report.
The wind project development will cost US$80 million, with a target completion in 2021.
GE Onshore Wind regional sales leader Deepak Maloo said the Cypress turbines “are ideally suited to make the best use of Vietnam’s tremendous wind energy potential.”
GE’s Cypress turbines will be considered as the biggest per installation that new wind farm developments could be equipped with.
GE added that the technology “will carry the largest rotor diameter for an onshore project in Asia – at 158 meters – and will be the first to transport blades in two pieces before assembly on site.”
“This technology is a game-changer for onshore sites as it will allow larger capacity machines,” Blue Circle chief construction officer Herve Grillot explained. This will reportedly lower the cost of power.
The project developer noted that they already secured the land grid connection for the project in a difficult context.
“This latest addition to the Mui Ne project is a significant stride towards AC Energy’s 2025 goal of reaching 5.0-gigawatt of renewables capacity in the Philippines and around the region,” Patrice Clausse, chief operating officer of AC Energy International said.