On 27th March 2018, during an official visit to France by the General Secretary of Vietnam’s Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong, the Vietnamese Minister of Industry and Trade, Tran Tuan Anh, confirmed the Vietnamese government’s decision to appoint the EDF Group as leader of the international consortium in charge of a gas-fired plant construction project at Son My in Vietnam.
With an installed capacity of 2000 MW, the Son My 1 project, which uses Combined Cycle Gas Turbine technology, is due to be commissioned by 2023/2024, with a view to meeting the strong and growing demand for electrical power in the south of Vietnam.
The Group (37.5%) is leading the consortium in charge of the project’s studies, together with one Vietnamese partner (Pacific Corporation, 25%) and two Japanese partners (Sojitz 18.75% and Kyushu 18.75%).
EDF is already active in Vietnam via its Mekong Energy Company subsidiary (56.25%). The company operates the Phu My 2.2 facility, which comprises two combined-cycle plants with a total capacity of 715 MW.
Marianne Laigneau, Senior Executive Vice-President in charge of the International Division: "The Vietnamese government’s decision marks a decisive step in the development of plans to build a gas power plant at Son My in Vietnam. It boosts our confidence in the subsequent stages of this project, which is essential to meeting the country’s growing energy needs. The project is fully aligned with Vietnam’s energy transition. Our involvement in this country, which is already significant in the gas-fired power sector, is in line with our CAP 2030 strategy, which seeks to multiply the Group’s international business by three come 2030".