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10 renewable energy projects to watch in SE Asia right now

10/07/2019
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Facing rapid economic growth, the countries of Southeast Asia could see a 40% rise in regional primary energy demand to 2040 according to the International Energy Agency. The need to meet this staggering increase in demand, whilst keeping carbon emissions to a minimum and achieving climate goals means that countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and others are rapidly scaling up their energy generation capacity with large scale renewable projects.
10 renewable energy projects to watch in SE Asia right now
That these efforts are already underway is highlighted by the news this month that Vietnam has just overtaken Australia in commissioned utility-scale PV solar. Since June 2018, the Vietnamese energy market has gone from less than 10 megawatts operational to over 4.0 gigawatts in the space of 12 months. A 400-fold increase!

This pattern of development is mirrored in other Southeast Asian countries. Thailand for example, is already a regional powerhouse when it comes to solar power generation. According to an analysis by S&P Global Thailand not only has the most solar power generation capacity in Southeast Asia but has added more solar capacity in the last five years than the rest of Southeast Asia combined.

So, the future is looking decidedly green for Southeast Asia’s energy mix. And with new projects and growth in demand, there will be a concomitant growth in energy industry jobs. Here at EngineeringPro we’re always on the look-out for your next contract or permanent position so we’ve taken a look at 10 key current projects which are either being planned or are currently under development across Southeast Asia.
Yunlin Offshore Wind Farm
(An example of the turbines that will be used on the Yunlin Wind Farm. Image via Siemens Gamesa).

Yunlin Offshore Wind Farm


Location: Taiwan
Value: $3bn (approx.)
Start-Up: 2021


Situated in Taiwan Strait off the coast of Yunlin county, the Yunlin Offshore Wind Farm project will have a total installed capacity of 640MW, featuring 80 turbines each with capacity in the range of 8MW. The project is being pursued by WPD Offshore GmbH in collaboration with Wind Power Co Ltd and Starwind Offshore GmbH.

The turbines which will be situated in a water depth of 25m around 7.2km from Taiwan’s coast, will be supplied by Siemens Gamesa which confirmed in early June 2019 that it had signed a supply agreement with the project developers.

Construction of the Yunlin Offshore Wind Farm is now under way, and it’s understood that Sapura Energy has won the contract for the installation of the turbine foundations which will commence in March 2020. Onshore substation installation is underway and is being carried out by General Electric Taiwan, meanwhile LS Cable & System has commenced export cable manufacturing and Sumitomo Electric Industries have begun work on the inter-array cables. 

Should the project proceed as planned it will become operational in December 2021.
Offshore Wind Farm Incheon
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Offshore Wind Farm Incheon


Location: South Korea
Value: $2.6bn (approx.)
Start Up: 2023


Offshore Wind Farm Incheon is one of several offshore wind projects which South Korea currently has in development (the others being Offshore Wind Farm Sinan, Offshore Wind Farm Sinan Hauido, and Offshore Wind Farm Wando which have estimated start up dates of 2023, 2022 and 2023 respectively).

The Offshore Wind Farm Incheon project will be situated off the coast of Deokjeok Island, Incheon Province, and is set to be developed by Korea South East Power Co Ltd (KOSEP). Whilst details about this project are scant, it’s thought that the wind farm will have a capacity in the region of 600MW. At this stage the developers appear to have conducted a preliminary feasibility study and is now moving on to feasibility study followed by an application for a power generation permit by the end of the year. Overall commissioning and start up for Offshore Wind Farm Incheon is anticipated to take place sometime in 2023.
Monsoon Onshore Wind Power Project
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Monsoon Onshore Wind Power Project


Location: Laos
Value: $1.5bn (approx.)
Start Up: 2020


Situated in southern Laos stretching across the Sekong and Attapeu provinces, the Monsoon Onshore Wind Power project will, on completion, have a capacity of 600MW and a total footprint of 68,000 hectares making it one of the largest onshore wind farms in Southeast Asia. The scale of the project means that it expects to reduce Laos’ CO2 emissions by 34 million tons throughout the project lifetime.

The project is being developed by Impact Energy Asia Limited (IEA) and Impact Electrons Siam (IES) and is targeted to reach commercial operation by 2021. The strategic location of the project located on a 1,200 metre elevation plateau along the main highway connecting Ubon Ratchatani (Thailand) to Danang (Vietnam) means that much of the energy it produces (as much as 95% according to some estimates) will be destined for export to nearby markets across Asia.
Dingalan Hydro Pumped Storage Facility
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Dingalan Hydro Pumped Storage Facility


Location: Philippines
Value: $1bn (approx.)
Start Up: 2022


SMC Global Power Holdings Corporation is the company behind a planned 500MW pumped storage hydroelectric power plant known as the Dingalan Hydro Pumped Storage Facility due its proposed location in the Municipality of Dingalan, in the Philippines.

Construction has yet to begin on this project, with Strategic Power Development Corp. (SPDC) which is a unit of SMC Global Power Corp. seeking to undertake a series of grid impact studies for the facility. At the time of writing the project developers are still waiting for the Department of Energy to grant clearance for the grid impact study to commence.
Sagaing Solar Farm
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Sagaing Solar Farm


Location: Myanmar
Value: $880m (approx.)
Start Up: 2020


With Mayanmar setting itself ambitious renewable energy targets - aiming to generate 8% of electricity through wind and solar energy by 2021 and hitting 12% by 2025, the country is facing a considerable challenge to meet these targets given that its current installed capacity currently lags far behind nearby Thailand and Vietnam. The Sagaing Solar Farm is one project which should help Myanmar meet this challenge.

With a proposed generation capacity of 880MW the Sagaing Solar Farm will be one of Myanmar’s first large-scale grid connected solar projects (the majority of the country’s solar installations to-date have been in the off-grid sector).

The Sagaing Solar Farm will be developed by Hong-Kong-based Asia Ecoenergy Development which at the time of writing has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to undertake construction of the project. Should all stages of the project proceed smoothly, commissioning and start up of Sagaing should take place in 2020, adding to the 4 other utility-scale solar projects planned across the country; Nabuai, Minbu, Shwe Myo and Thapaysan.
Indonesia Tidal Power Project
(One of SIMEC Atlantis’ tidal turbines being lowered into position at a project in Scotland. Image via SIMEC Atlantis).

Indonesia Tidal Power Project


Location: Indonesia
Value: $750m (approx.)
Start Up: 2022


Since 2013 SBS, a UK-based marine, subsea and renewable energy developer, has been studying the potential of ocean energy resources for tidal-stream arrays around the Indonesian archipelago. Now, with a feasibility study completed, SBS in collaboration with SIMEC Atlantis Energy is pursuing the development of the Indonesia Tidal Power Project.

The project, which will have a total capacity of 150MW when completed (enough to provide energy for at least 100,000 people), will be built in several stages. The first stage will see the construction of a 12MW ‘demonstrator’ by 2021, after which the second stage will see site expansions up to 70MW. The third and final phase will see the project reach 150MW capacity. Atlantis and SBS will deploy 24 metre rotor diameter AR2000 turbines across all phases of the project. The project will be centred on the straits around the islands of Bali and Lombok.

Once operational, the Indonesia Tidal Power Project (which is likely to be the biggest tidal power plant in the world) will sell its power to the country’s state-owned electrical utility company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara, under a 30-year power purchase agreement.
Offshore Wind Farm Ben Tre
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Offshore Wind Farm Ben Tre 


Location: Vietnam
Value: $618m (approx.)
Start Up: 2021


Vietnam is already a regional leader when it comes to installed renewable energy capacity, but with projects such as the Offshore Wind Farm Ben Tre it’s clear it wants to consolidate this position further. The Ben Tre project will involve the phased development of a 310MW offshore wind farm off Ben Tre Province, southern Vietnam. A first phase will see the construction of 30MW of wind power, with the second comprising 49MW and the last 231MW. The first development stage will see the deployment of up to 15 turbines. The project area covers both offshore and land surfaces.

Development of the wind farm is being led by Thanh Thanh Cong Group (TTC Group) in conjunction with Gulf Energy Development (the two companies holding equity shares of 51% and 49% in the project respectively). The project is currently entering the EPC procurement process, with construction expected to begin in the third quarter of 2019. The first and second phases should achieve start up in 2021, with the last phase being completed in 2023.
Prek Liang Hydro Power Plant
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Prek Liang I-II Hydro Power Plant


Location: Cambodia
Value: $500m (approx.)
Start Up: 2021


Access to abundant, affordable electricity is one of the key pillars of economic growth and development. Cambodia is well aware of this and has set itself a target of connecting 100% of villages and 70% of households to the energy grid by 2030. The proposed Prek Liang Hydro Power plant is one of several projects that will help make Cambodia hit that target. 

Perk Liang is being developed by Korea South East Power Co Ltd (KOSEP) and will involve the construction of a hydropower dam that will have an installed capacity of 128MW and annual growth generation of 583.91Wwh. Once start up of the project is achieved in 2021 it will join several other hydropower plants on Cambodia’s grid which currently supply 45% of the country’s national electricity consumption.
Tengeh Reservoir Floating Solar Farm
(Example of a floating solar farm. Image via Lightsource BP).

Tengeh Reservoir Floating Solar Farm


Location: Singapore
Value: $50m (approx.)
Start Up: 2021


As nations across the world seek new and improved ways of generating low-carbon energy, they’re increasing viewing ‘floatovoltaics’ as a clever way of maximising energy generation from bodies of water. Several large-scale floating solar farms have already begun operation across the world- and now it’s Singapore’s turn!

The planned Tengeh Reservoir Floating Solar Farm could be one of the largest in the world with a capacity in the region of 50MW and will be Singapore’s first single large-scale floating solar PV system. The primary role of the solar farm will be to power the reservoir’s water treatment facilities, eliminating 28,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year - the equivalent of about 6000 cars.

Earlier this year the Public Utility Board of Singapore (PUB) issued a request for proposal (RfP) to invite private sector companies to design, build, own and operate the facility for 25 years. At the beginning of this month DNV GL was contracted by PUB to act as a technical advisor for the project. DNV is expected to support PUB throughout the tender preparation, bidding, design, construction and operational phases of the project.

The Tengeh Reservoir Floating Solar Farm is expected to begin commercial operation in 2021.
Songkhla Biomass Power Plant
(Rubber trees will form some of the feedstock for the planned Songkhla Biomass Power Plant in Thailand).

Songkhla Biomass Power Plant


Location: Thailand
Value: $35m (approx.)
Start Up: 2020


Thailand has traditionally been one of the world’s largest rubber producers and exporters, and now the country’s rubber trees have yet another application, as a feedstock for the forthcoming Songkhla Biomass Power Plant which is being constructed in southern Thailand.
The developer, Gulf Energy Development has stated that the capacity of the Songkhla plant will be 20.6MW. The most recent update from the developer stated that the Sino-Thai Engineering and Construction Public Company had been selected as the EPC contractor for the project, which has in turn sub-contracted Poyry with the engineering services assignment. First commercial operation of the plant is scheduled to take place in March 2020.
Renewable projects are renewing the engineering job market in Asia

Renewable projects are renewing the engineering job market in Asia


As you can see from the list above, Asia is becoming a hub of renewable energy activity with literally hundreds of wind, solar, hydro and tidal projects in the pipeline, and as we’re fond of saying here at EngineeringPro with new projects come new job opportunities.

Within the solar PV sector alone, Asia currently employs over 3 million people (85% of the global total). More broadly Asia is home to around 60% of all renewable jobs worldwide!  Within the onshore and offshore wind power industry Asia currently employs around 620,000 people - although we expect this figure to grow rapidly over the coming decade as multiple new projects receive FID and begin construction and operation.

It’s clear that there are already many fantastic employment opportunities on renewable energy projects on either a permanent or contract basis, and as the projects listed above indicate, there are going to be many many more job opportunities to come!
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