LNG energy to account for 12% of Vietnam’s power generation capacity by 2030
The Hanoitimes - Vietnam is estimated to need at least US$7-US$9 billion of investment in LNG import infrastructure.
Liquified natural gas (LNG) energy in Vietnam is estimated to account for 12% of the country’s power generation capacity by 2030, or 17 gigawatts, according to Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung.
|Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung. Photo: VGP|
Power demand in Vietnam grows 10% annually on average and the country is pursuing the energy transition in which LNG power and renewable energy will be prioritized over coal-fired power, Dung said at a meeting on February 11 with investors from the US and South Korea.
At the meeting, the deputy PM said Vietnam has welcomed and facilitated foreign investment in the LNG sector.
|Vietnam's energy mix by 2030. Source: MOIT|
Vietnam, with GDP growth averaging 6.5% in the last few years, has a long-standing policy orientation that emphasizes the crucial role of natural gas in supplying reliable, competitive electricity while meeting national carbon emissions targets.
Based on the current outlook for domestic production, Vietnam will need to import significant volumes of LNG beginning within the next 5-10 years, necessitating at least US$7-US$9 billion of investment in LNG import infrastructure, according to the World Bank.
|Power generation output in Vietnam in 2018 (219 billion kWh in total). Source: MOIT|
The Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade estimated that the country’s imported LNG volume will be 5 million, 10 million and 15 million tons by 2025, 2030 and 2035, respectively.
According to the World Bank, the primary issue is how to establish appropriate pricing structure to integrate the new gas/LNG supply. Other issues include ensuring government support for new gas projects, and ongoing investment in infrastructure and business development models.
To help the country proceed with its energy transition process, the World Bank has identified the key constraints on mobilizing investment in LNG-to-power, namely: a) lack of a modern regulatory and planning approach; b) lack of a bankable integrated commercial framework for LNG-to-power; and c) limited government experience with managing LNG pricing and volume risks.
- Manufacturing plants in Vietnam help Samsung gain momentum against Apple
- Covid-19 pushes Vietnam’s aviation industry to the limit
- Vietnam looks to double power generation capacity by 2030
- Vietnam car market ranks fourth in Southeast Asia
- Vietnam eases grip on car import
- LNG energy to account for 12% of Vietnam’s power generation capacity by 2030
- Covid-19 outbreak hurts German businesses in Vietnam
- World Bank’s new strategy can help Vietnam scale up solar power capacity
- Vietnam seeks greater cooperation with US in infrastructure, energy
- Samsung assists Vietnam enterprises in supporting industries
Covid-19 not all bad for Vietnam: Savills executives
Fitch trims Vietnam GDP growth forecast to 6.3% on Covid-19
FDI inflow to Vietnam sees good year ahead
Covid-19 dampens Vietnam businesses’ optimism: Survey
Vietnam raises red flag to visitors from coronavirus-hit areas
Covid-19 outbreak in S.Korea causes further problems for Vietnam’s economy
Covid-19 pushes Vietnam’s aviation industry to the limit
ASEAN-China cooperation against Covid-19: Transparent information sharing
ASEAN defense forces join hands to combat Covid-19