Vietnam’s energy sector a magnet for foreign investors

Published onSeptember 18, 2020

National electricity demand is expected to increase by 8.5 percent a year until 2025 and 7 percent until 2030, making Vietnam an attractive market for foreign energy investors. The economy is expected to grow at 6.5-7.5 percent annually until 2030, and would require 90,000MW of power by 2025 and 130,000MW by 2030. At the 2020 Vietnam Energy Summit in July in Hanoi a number of deals for investment in energy projects were signed, including the memorandum of understanding by the Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Asiapetro and Novasia Energy with the Binh Thuan Provincial People’s Committee to develop the 3.5GW La Gan offshore wind power project at a cost of 10 billion USD. Many investors said Resolution No 55-NQ/TW for strategic orientations for national energy development through 2030 has created a favourable environment to invest in the country’s power sector. The resolution prioritises renewable and clean energy, offering foreign investors a great opportunity, experts said. Hoang Tien Dung, Director of the Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority, said: “Existing regulations allow the [sale] of projects to eligible foreign investors. Transferring projects and changing shareholders need approval from the Ministry of Planning and Investment or the Department of Planning and Investment depending on scale.”