Construction of the first wind farm in Vietnam's Mekong Delta in Bac Lieu province, started this month.

It is being developed by Cong Ly Construction-Trade-Tourism Ltd and is expected to cost VND 4.5 trillion (US$ 231 million). Construction is scheduled to take 36 months.

With an output of 310 million KWh per year, the 500 ha wind farm will have 66, 1.5 MW wind turbines, a 22/110KV transformer station and a 15 km-long power line, with a capacity of 110 KW, connecting it to the country's national grid.

Speaking at a press conference to mark the start of construction, Nguyen Nam Hai, deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, said the project would help meet the shortfall in electricity supply in Vietnam, increase the use of renewable energy and create much needed jobs.

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