The Ministry of Industry and Trade in Vietnam has issued updated guidelines for onshore and offshore wind power projects in the country.

Effective from 28 February 2019, Circular No 02 of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam (MOIT) provided updated guidelines on developing onshore and offshore wind power projects in Vietnam.

Law firm Baker McKenzie said that following the Prime Minister’s recently issued Decision No 39, approving the new feed-in tariff for onshore and offshore wind power projects in Vietnam, the new guidelines will replace previous regulations.

Compared to previous draft versions released in October and November 2018 as well as earlier circulars, substantial revisions have been made, including improvements on some aspects and stricter requirements on others.

The law firm said Circular No 02 provides updated guidelines for developing wind power projects in Vietnam, including: power development plans and the procedure for including a new wind project in the power development plans; requirements for wind measurement and met masts; feasibility study reports; conditions for commencing construction of projects; the process for testing, acceptance and commissioning of windfarms; and requirements for windfarm turbines and equipment.

Also included in the latest circular are new requirements for safety corridor; land use limitations for windfarms; and tariffs for projects involving both onshore and offshore wind turbines.

The potential for offshore wind and some of the challenges Vietnam faces instigating a framework for projects can be found here.