And there should be plenty more projects: demand for energy in Vietnam is growing faster than anywhere else in Southeast Asia, driven by the country’s strong economic growth4.
New energy projects, however, are facing additional scrutiny following a boom in investment that has strained government finances and overloaded the national electricity grid. As a result, financial considerations such as bid bonds may become more important to potential bidders5
The next phase of Vietnam’s energy transition will require careful coordination between power producers, policy makers and the transmission network. With a national net zero target now in place, however, the expansion of wind and solar power remains essential to Vietnam’s future.
For PowerChina, Vietnam’s renewable sector fits with its commitment to promote “clean energy and green life” through the group’s core business and each of its subsidiaries’ footprint globally.
PowerChina is one of the two major players in the power planning, engineering and construction sector in China. It is 100% owned and directly supervised by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC).
To support its bids for contracts in this competitive arena, PCVN turned to HSBC, which has built a strong track record in financing other renewable energy projects in Vietnam.
In May 2021, the two parties signed Vietnam’s first sustainability trade financing instrument, in the shape of a green guarantee facility for up to US$15 million. The bid bond is designed to support PCVN on its tender for renewable energy projects and was solely arranged by HSBC Vietnam.
PCVN has previously built a 171 MW offshore wind power project in Soc Trang Bac Lieu province and another 310 MW offshore wind power project in Binh Dai province, as well as several major solar power facilities.
“The green guarantee facility supports PCVN’s contribution to Vietnam’s energy transition by freeing up its liquidity for more productive purposes,” said Paul Shao, SVP – Team Lead at HSBC Vietnam. “With supply chains and liquidity under pressure, the combination of trade finance and sustainability is a powerful enabler for multinational corporations.”