Wind Power News: Vietnam
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Rocks and soil dug up for wind farm projects in Quang Tri Province constantly roll down hillsides and destroy paddy fields down below. In Huong Hoa District, 18 wind farms are nearing completion and will begin commercial operation on November 1. But according to the province Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, some have yet to take measures to keep construction debris safe. Rocks and soil dug up to build the Tai Tam wind farm project in Huc Commune . . . Complete story »
An 80-meter high wind turbine costing hundreds of thousands of dollars caught fire at the Phong Dien 1 Wind Farm Sunday. The farm in Tuy Phong District in the south central province of Binh Thuan has 20 turbines. Witnesses say black smoke billowed out of one of the turbines Sunday and there were explosive sounds before the blade fell to the ground. Due to the turbine’s height, the fire could not be put down by the wind farm’s staff and . . . Complete story »
A total of 140 hectares of once protection forest in the south-central Vietnamese province of Binh Dinh have been cleared after a local energy company was tasked with managing the area. The provincial People’s Committee has transferred the case to police officers for further investigation, Nguyen Viet Hung, deputy head of the Binh Dinh Economic Zone Administration, confirmed on Thursday. According to Hung, a poplar forest covering an area of 250 hectares in Tuy Phuoc and Phu Cat Districts was . . . Complete story »
Hundreds of villagers in central Vietnam’s Binh Dinh province held five local officials hostage for a day before releasing them late on Friday to demand that authorities free more than a dozen people detained for holding an environmental protest, according to sources. Residents of My Tho and My An communes, in Binh Dinh’s Phu My district, on Wednesday held a protest against what state media has reported are plans by Vietnam Trading Engineering Construction’s (Vietracimex) to construct a wind power . . . Complete story »
After a lot of disastrous consequences of hydropower plants have been found, wind power has been considered as the preeminent alternative solution. However, recent surveys have found that wind power also has certain impacts on the environment and the ecological balance as well. In the US, nearly 600,000 bats have been killed by the wind power plants’ turbines. Meanwhile, Vietnam plans to set up wind power plants in the areas which are the favorite spaces for salanganes. According to Nguyen . . . Complete story »
VIETNAM – Bach Long Vi Youth Island authorities in northern Hai Phong City have let the country’s first wind electricity farm fall into disuse since it broke down two years ago. The US$2 million wind farm on the island stopped operating in early 2006 after technicians from Spain, who had overseen the project, returned to their country. The island’s source of renewable energy worked during a three month testing and over one year’s guarantee period under the control of the Spanish . . . Complete story »