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Aug 15, 2014 / 07:56

Germany supports developing biomass power development

The Vietnamese-German Development Cooperation’s Renewable Energy Support Project (RESP) coordinates with the New and Renewable Energy Department under General Directorate of Energy (GDE) to organize the consultation workshop on biomass power investment guidelines for Vietnam on August 14.

The workshop, part of the Renewable Energy Support Project and commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conversation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), has been implemented in Vietnam by GIZ in close cooperation with GDE since 2012 to help improve the regulatory framework for grid-connected renewable energy in Vietnam with focus on biomass, biogas and municipal solid waste.
The biomass power investment guidelines for Vietnam provide information on Biomass Power investment procedures including all relevant steps of the preparation, development and operation of the biomass power plant. Additionally, estimated duration and incurred fee as well as associated barriers and potential risks for each step will also be described. It is expected that comments and the discussion among relevant stakeholders will help to reflect the real situation of the Investment process in the Biomass Power sector in Vietnam, which will be finally reflected and publicized as an E-Guide Book for Biomass Power Investment for Vietnam.
“Our goal is to make it easier and less risky for investors to invest in the biomass power sector in Vietnam, hence to contribute to the achievement of the target set out in the National Power Development Plan No. 7 (NPDP7) on power generation from biomass sources," explained Mr Werner Kossmann – Chief Technical Advisor of GIZ’s RESP. “The generation of biomass power is environment friendly and can help to solve the energy problems of Vietnam on one hand and contributes to the mitigation of CO2 emission on the other hand”.

As a primarily agricultural based country, Vietnam has huge potential for biomass resources which can be exploited for energy production, including electricity. According to research findings, the total amount of agricultural residues in 2010 was estimated at 60 million tons of which approximately 40, 8, 7.8 and 10 million tons of rice straw, rice husk, bagasse and other types of agricultural residues respectively are potentially available. 

As indicated in the NPDP7 the targeted share of biomass power in the total power mix is 0.6% and 1.1% in 2020 and 2030 respectively with an installed capacity of 500MW and 2000MW, respectively.