Asian bank eyes micro-hydro for remote Vietnam communities

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is considering a US$75 million loan to Vietnam for micro-hydro and wind-diesel hybrid power for remote mountain and island communities.

ADB planned fact-finding in August for the renewable energy for remote island and mountain communes project. The program would require consultants, national bidding for micro-hydro equipment and civil works, and international bidding for wind-diesel hydrid power systems.

The program envisions installation of wind-diesel systems on five islands and 20 micro-hydro projects to electrify mountain communes. The program executing agency is to be determined.

The ADB project officer is Pradeep Perera, Infrastructure Division, SERD, Asian Development Bank, P.O. Box 789, 0980 Manila, Philippines; (63) 2-6326571; E-mail: pperera@adb.org; Internet: www.adb.org.

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