September 12 (Renewables Now) - German wind turbine manufacturer Enercon GmbH is entering the Vietnamese wind market with contracts to supply hardware for 77 MW of wind projects.
The manufacturer announced on Tuesday it will deliver its E-103 EP2 machines for the 16-turbine Mui Dinh and the 17-turbine Trung Nam projects, the exact locations of which were not specified. The turbines will be mounted on tubular steel towers at a hub height of 85 metres (279 ft).
Enercon will operate on the Vietnamese market under its newly formed subsidiary Enercon Vietnam Co Ltd. As part of its expansion, the German firm said it is currently holding talks with the same customers for a further 152 MW of orders for the next phases of the particular projects, adding that turbines from its new EP3 fleet “are already set to be given a chance in these phases.” Additionally, it is working to establish a service station in Ninh Thuan province on Vietnam’s south-central coast.
Commenting on Enecon’s entry into Vietnam’s wind market, Steffen Brauns, regional manager for Asia-Pacific at Enercon Sales International said that the two deals will be a basis from which the company will further expand its activities in the South East Asian country. Meanwhile, the manufacturer remains focused on international markets where it sees “the best prospects for growth at present,” according to the statement.