Vietnam, UK share experience in operation and management of national electricity

Wednesday, 23/11/2022 14:00
(CPV) - The British Embassy in Vietnam, the Vietnam Electricity Group (EVN) and National Power Transmission (EVNNPT), organized a series of seminars titled “UK Experience Sharing in Operation and Management of the National Electricity Networks” from November 22 to 24.
 Delegates at the conference

The workshops create a platform for more than 200 officials from EVN, EVNNPT and related organizations to discuss with and learn from UK experts about developing the national power grid to satisfy increasing demands for transmission and integration of renewable energy projects in the realization of net zero targets by 2050.

As a world leader in developing offshore wind energy projects, with a total installed capacity of up to 13GW, accounting for almost half of Europe’s total capacity, the UK has valuable knowledge and experience in building the legal framework and accommodating technical developments for an electricity grid which is able to cope with high transmission needs and with a huge integration of renewable energy projects.

Through real case studies, experts from UK energy industry leaders such as National Grid, BP and KPMG have delivered many applicable lessons which were well received by the attendees.

In his opening speech, British Ambassador to Vietnam Iain Frew expressed his confidence and enthusiasm for the UK – Vietnam partnership in the renewable energy industry and energy transition.

He said: “As a world leader in low carbon energy and as a global center for green finance, the UK has wide-ranging expertise to support Vietnam in transitioning from traditional sources of power to renewable energy.”

He felt pleased to see UK businesses actively getting involved in this process in Vietnam, particularly in the offshore wind sector.

He was also delighted to see many delegates attending the technical workshop today to discuss how to effectively manage the grid.

Deputy General Director of EVN, Nguyen Tai Anh said that the energy transition will be a lever for Vietnam’s upcoming growth phase, especially in the context of a post-COVID-19 green recovery. The UK’s experiences in the energy sector will be valuable development experiences for Vietnam, as well as the potential for future cooperation between the two countries’ power industries.

Agreeing on Vietnam’s tremendous potentials and the undeniable advantages of British factors (from investment to equipment supply and consulting services), the speakers also shared some obstacles facing the offshore wind energy industry in Vietnam, such as the project licensing process and the urgent need for a developed power grid and transmission systems, upon which recommendations were contributed.

Specifically, Chairman of British Chamber of Commerce Vietnam’s Sustainability Working Group, Denzel Eades expressed: “As the UK sees offshore wind being sold at a record low price of £37.35 per megawatt hour in 2022, sharing the UK’s experience of delivering 13GW of offshore wind in Hanoi this week has been really valuable.”

“Vietnam has the potential to become one of the world’s leading offshore markets and seeks to develop 7GW of offshore by 2030. British businesses look forward to working with Vietnamese partners in delivering that potential,” Denzel Eades added./.