The La Gan Wind Power Development Corporation owned by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), Asiapetro and Novasia, has awarded an offshore geotechnical contract to a consortium led by Vietsovpetro, PTSC G&S and Fugro.

Fugro on Tuesday said the award is part of CIP’s development plan for the La Gan offshore wind project in Vietnam which, with a potential capacity of 3.5 gigawatts, will be one of the first large-scale offshore wind farms in the Southeast Asian nation.

The La Gan wind farm will be constructed in phases, with the first phase now scheduled for completion by 2026, said Fugro.

This suggests a delay to the reported timeline when CIP and Vietnamese companies Asiapetro and Novasia Energy last July signed a memorandum of understanding with Binh Thuan People's Committee to develop the wind farm offshore the Binh Thuan province.

Just 12 months ago it was envisaged that the initial 500 or 600 megawatt scheme would be operational by 2024 with the remaining capacity expected to be added between 2026 and 2030.

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Last November, La Gan Wind awarded site investigation contracts to Axys Technologies and Niras Group.

Then in February, the project proponent signed MoUs for foundation supply and harbour services for with Vietnam-based suppliers CS Wind Corporation, PTSC Mechanical & Construction, South Petroleum Construction JSC and Vietsovpetro.

As part of this new contract, Fugro will provide offshore geotechnical services utilising its regional geotechnical vessel and deliver onshore soils laboratory testing and engineering studies.

The initial workscope will focus on geotechnical boreholes to expand understanding of the La Gan site’s geological features and to build up the geological ground models.

“As a responsible and experienced developer, the La Gan Wind Power Development Corporation is pleased to partner with reputable companies such as Vietsovpetro, PTSC G&S and Fugro, who will ensure that the geotechnical surveys are conducted to the highest technical, safety and environmental standards,” said La Gan Wind chief executive Maya Malik.

“We are also proud to implement a structure that supports the local supply chain and facilitates knowledge transfer between international and local suppliers.”

CIP and Fugro have worked closely on similar offshore wind projects in the region, especially in Taiwan.

“This award to Fugro shows that our Triple A approach of geo-data acquisition, analysis and advice is clearly recognised by CIP,” noted Jerry Paisley, Fugro’s director for marine site characterisation in Asia Pacific.