Workshop discusses sustainable energy development

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, a manufacturer of thermal power generation equipment under the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group, recently established a representative office in Hanoi. MHPS’ new representative office in Hanoi will give the thermal power generation equipment manufacturer a closer connection to Vietnam The new office aims to strengthen the company’s ability to both collect information and communicate with customers in Vietnam. On November 4, a grand opening ceremony was held at the Hotel Nikko Hanoi, with guests spanning the range of Vietnam’s energy sector. In attendance were Deputy Director General Nguyen Khac Tho of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s General Directorate of Energy; Katsuro Nagai, envoy of the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam; and representatives from local power and energy companies. Addressing the ceremony, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) president Takato Nishizawa said, “Our Hanoi representative office will be an important window for strengthening dissemination of information to customers and compiling local information. We will continue to provide high-quality infrastructure equipment and contribute to Vietnam’s economic development by offering advanced thermal power generation systems.” The occasion marked a new beginning for MHPS’ operations in Vietnam. The attendees prayed for happiness, and the traditional Japanese ceremony of breaking open a sake cask was performed to great excitement. MHPS’ gas turbines will cater for Vietnam’s increasing power generation needs Responding to robust demand In Vietnam, power demand is increasing with the country’s economic development. In the past, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group received orders for major power generation facilities – such…... [read more]

Frankly identifying existing limitations and problems in mobilising and utilising investment resources for current power projects; proposing adequate and reasonable investment mobilisation mechanisms and policies to meet development requirements of future power projects are major contents of discussion at a recent scientific conference on "Capital for the country's power projects - Urgent problems" held in Hanoi recently. Where to find capital According to experts, electricity is a special economic sector that plays an important role in national economic development and is branded "the bread of industry." In Vietnam, power demand increases by 15 percent annually, resulting in the generation of new power sources to offset the new demand. However, mobilising a huge capital source for this job seems to be an excess for the economy of Vietnam, according to experts. So, guaranteeing national energy security with capital viability is a challenge to Vietnam. Mr Tran Viet Ngai, Chairman of the Vietnam Energy Association (VEA), said the power sector is estimated to need US$123.8 billion of investment capital in the 2011 - 2030 period, including US$48.8 billion in the 2011 - 2020 period and US$75 billion in the 2021 - 2030 period. However, the progress of underway projects is sluggish. There are a lot of reasons but capital shortage is a primary cause. Also according to the conference, each year, the Vietnamese power sector will need US$4.9 billion for construction. Electricity requires a huge capital investment while the payback period is long and slow, thus there are a lot of potential…... [read more]

Coal will take over from hydropower as the leading fuel for new electricity generation in Vietnam in the next five years, during which power demand is set to rise by 15 percent annually, Vietnam Electricity (EVN) said on Wednesday. Trinh Ngoc Khanh, head of planning at the power monopoly, also said the manufacturing sector will face power shortages in 2011, coming as the economy is expected to grow at a slower pace of 6.5 percent this year and next. The country has not been able to meet demand for electricity by about 3 percent in the past five years and EVN will need to invest $3 billion a year for new power plants and transmission infrastructure between 2011 and 2015, during which 38 projects would come online, he said. He said electricity consumption would nearly double to 175 gigawatt-hours in 2015 from 98 gigawatt-hours this year. Supply will increase to 196 gigawatt-hours from the current 110.8 gigawatt-hours. Vietnam will see a sharp increase in the use of fuels such as oil, coal and gas for power generation, Khanh said. Hydropower has been dominant in Vietnam, but it is waning. Last year it accounted for 37.6 percent of total generation, followed by gas with 31.7 percent, coal at 18.3 percent, oil at 5.4 percent and small hydro and renewable making up 2.3 percent. New generation capacity between this year and 2015 will total 26,911 megawatts, of which coal will account for 14,370 MW, gas 2,970 MW, hydropower 7,605 MW and imported…... [read more]

The state-owned Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) targets to supply 30% of the country's electricity demand in the next five years, according to Chairman Dinh La Thang. To this end, the group will start the construction of some more thermal power plants with capacities of over 1,200 MW in 2010, Thang said. PetroVietnam aims to produce 9.82 billion kWh of electricity in 2009. As of July 2009, the group had invested in 13 power projects with a combined capacity of 10,000 MW. (Trade & Industry)... [read more]

State-owned Electricity of Vietnam Group (EVN) is estimated to produce 57.1 billion kWh of power in 2009 and power volume to be bought from local and foreign sources will hit 29.6 billion kWh next year, it attributed. Vietnam will lack around one billion kWh of power next year despite an estimated on-year increase of 14.5 per cent in the country's commercial electricity output to 77.1 billion. In a bid to ensure power supply for the whole nation in 2009, the electricity sector is urged to ensure schedules to operate power sources with a combined capacity of 3,842 MW so as to hike capacity of the national power system to 18,569 MW next year. Also, power purchases from China and BPT and IPP projects should be increased, including 10 billion kWh of Ca Mau 1 and Ca Mau 2, and Nhon Trach 1 by state-owned oil monopoly PetroVietnam; 2.4 billion kWh by the Vietnam National Coal-Mineral Industries Group (Vinacomin). Vietnam will lack 8.6 billion kWh of power this year. The country's power lack will peak at 10.3 billion kWh in 2009 but will considerably fall to around 7.2 billion kWh in 2010. (Industrial Executives' Briefing)... [read more]

VietnamWorks, the leading job board recruitment website in Vietnam and a member of the Navigos Group Vietnam, released its Report on Recruitment Demand and Labor Supply in Vietnam in the First Half of 2017 on July 28. Recruitment demand in the first half increased 20 per cent year-on-year and the number of job seekers rose 14 per cent. IT still leads in recruitment demand, but job seekers in the sector satisfied just 50 per cent of demand. IT enterprises are facing a competitive environment in attracting candidates. The market is short of developers in Java, .Net, Mobile, and PHP. There are new programming languages also lacking in developers, such as Ruby on Rails, Golang, and JavaScript, and related frameworks like ReactJS and NodeJs, despite the high salaries on offer. According to latest recruitment demand report from Navigos Search, an executive search service belonging to the Navigos Group, the IT industry, especially Data Technology, will grow rapidly over the next three years. Companies in the industry have high recruitment demand for IT engineers in the data processing field and IT engineers with experience in machine learning, part of the artificial intelligence field. IT companies also face a situation where employees plan to change jobs in the near future. According to the turnover survey for June, 74 per cent of respondents who are IT employees intend to change jobs in the next six months, with just 42 per cent feeling satisfied with their current job. The Advertising/Communications sector is also facing a…... [read more]

Dozens of households in Cluster 21, Loc Thang Town, Bao Lam District, Lam Dong Province have complained about the discharged water from Tan Rai Bauxite plant while the investor claims water samples tested safe.     Tan Rai Bauxite complex According to the locals, the water has white foam and foul smell. Some people said they felt sick after inhaling the smell. Phan Ba Thuong, head of Cluster 21 said, "We have filed complaints with the authorities multiple times but nothing has been dealt with. Everyone is upset." The locals also recorded a video clip that shows the foaming water. Where the water ran through, the grass wilted. Nguyen Tuan Anh, chief of Lam Dong Aluminium Company's office, investors of the plant, said the authorities had taken samples for tests and the results were safe. "The water has been treated before being discharged. It has white foam but isn't harmful," he said. When being asked about the clip, Anh said their employees reported that they didn't find anything like what was shown in the clip but then proceeded on saying that "maybe it's an old clip that was recorded before?" Nguyen Ba Dong, head of Bao Lam Department of Natural Resources and Environment, claimed the test results were safe. The authorities of Loc Thang Town haven't reported on the latest situation so he couldn't comment. Phan Ba Thuong, head of Cluster 21, disagreed with the results because the water samples were not taken from the discharge location, but some 1km…... [read more]

Before you get the wrong idea, a pluviophile is someone who loves the rain. I’m also a turophile (loves cheese) and an oenophile (loves wine) but that’s another story… Rain makes me quite happy and there’s no place like Vietnam for soft, feathery rain all the way up to pounding golf-ball size water drops smacking across my face. Even in winter, I still enjoy the feeling of being wet. Odd, isn’t it? Getting soaked in summer is fun to me! I’m not forgetting that the rain is a terrible thing for people during the wet seasons with flooding and all kinds of disaster but I’m reflecting on the positive side. As we get to the high end of summer and the late daily thunderclouds build up across the central plains south of Hoi An, I deeply enjoy sitting out on my large yard watching the puffy clouds expand into the darkening sky. There’s something deeply relaxing about watching clouds, probably because you have the luxury of enough time just to do that! As a little boy growing up in Kuala Lumpur, I would stand outside on the grass in awe at the crack of the thunder and the lightning all around me as the tropics displayed their power. To me, thunder is better than an action movie – particularly when it’s just overhead and the house rattles and my last surviving dog huddles under the table. I still count the thunder claps, just as I…... [read more]

Vietnam needs to develop a legal framework and feasible roadmap to turn its wind energy potential into reality, which will help to meet the country’s rapidly rising electricity demand, experts have said. Vietnam needs to develop a legal framework and feasible roadmap to turn its wind energy potential into reality, which will help to meet the country’s rapidly rising electricity demand.  Tobias Cossen, head of GIZ’s project on supporting the up-scaling of wind power said that Việt Nam has great potential to develop wind power as the country possesses around 3,000 km of coastline with excellent wind conditions. The Vietnamese government has approved several programmes to encourage the development of renewable energy in the country. As many as five wind farms with total capacity of almost 200MW are currently in operation. More than 50 other projects are in the construction and planning phase. However, a number of regulatory and market barriers as well as the lack of capacity have been identified as obstacles for investors in wind projects, according to Cossen. Specifically, the major challenge for wind power investment is the Feed in Tariff (Fit) of 7.8 US cent/kWh, which is too low for investors to overcome the perceived risks for wind power development. “We all understand that the overall wind power market development and whether the government target for wind energy by 2020 could be reached or not highly depend on the level of FiT. Only with adjustments to a new FiT can the government target of 800MW by…... [read more]

National carrier Vietnam Airlines (VNA) has sold the remaining of its Boeing 777-200ER jets to brace for a major fleet upgrade with more cost-efficient airliners. The airline has inked deals with U.S. aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney to sell its last four Boeing 777-200ER’s and one PW4090 jet engine for upwards of US$70.7 million, ending the airliner’s 15-year service in the fleet. First commissioned by the flag carrier in April 2003, Boeing 777-200ER’s have made nearly 101,000 flights for the Vietnamese airline during their service. The jets have transported nearly 22.9 million passengers flying on 16 of Vietnam Airlines’ international routes to seven countries, as well as daily domestic flights between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The wide-body, twin-engine jet airliners maintained a perfect safety record during their 15-year history in VNA’s fleet. With 1,460 planes manufactured as of 2016, Boeing 777 was one of the best-selling models ever produced by the Boeing Company, an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes worldwide. The commissioning of Boeing 777-200ER’s enabled Vietnam Airlines to open its first direct flight routes to multiple European countries, including France, Russia, Germany, and the UK. “The fleet accomplished its mission with excellence, leaving a major imprint in our history of development over the past 15 years,” said Phan Xuan Duc, VNA deputy general director. A video compiled by Vietnam Airlines and posted on its official Facebook page to bid farewell to its Boeing 777-200ER fleet …... [read more]