Demand for electricity in Vietnam is increasing and is predicted to grow at an average rate of 8% until 2030. Renewable energy, including wind, is an increasingly important part of meeting this energy demand and helping to alleviate power shortages in Vietnam.
SMEC was engaged by Gia Lai Investment and Development Wind and Power Joint Stock Company to support the 100MW Hung Hai Gia Lai Wind Farm Project in the Gia Lai Province, central Vietnam. Our team undertook the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) to meet the International Finance Corporation (IFC)’s environmental and social performance standards and associated guidelines.
The assessment identified and evaluated potential effects on the full range of environmental, social and cultural aspects that may be impacted during all phases of the project and identified mitigating measures to avoid or reduce impacts and enhance benefits.
The identified risks to the receiving environment and local community are associated with loss of agricultural land to build the project, impact of turbines on birds and bats (a common impact of windfarms), and potential health, safety and economic impacts on the local communities. A range of mitigation, monitoring, adaptive management, and compensation measures were proposed, and when implemented correctly, they will minimise the residual risk posed by all impacts a level moderate level or below.
We are proud to bring our global expertise to this project, contributing to Vietnam’s renewable future through supporting the development of wind farms. Our specialists collaborate with clients and stakeholders to realise project outcomes, supporting the delivery of efficient, environmentally sustainable and cost-effective systems for a broad range of renewable projects and technologies.