Last updated: Monday, April 24, 2017
Rent-A-Port NV Further Expands Business in Vietnam with Green Energy FocusPosted: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Recently, Rent-A-Port Green Energy, inked the MOU with Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) on wind and solar driven micro desalination to solve the problems of salinization in the rice fields in the Mekong Delta. Rent-A-Port Green Energy is 100 per cent owned by Rent-A-Port NV, is an engineering and investment company in Belgium, specialized in the development of marine infrastructures and industrial zones.
Through its shareholders, Rent-A-Port can fall back on a wealth of in-house experience in the analysis, design, construction, development and management of port, logistics and marine infrastructures, green energy as well as industrial zones worldwide.
Since 2008, the company Rent-A-Port NV, a subsidiary of CFE, part of the large French Concession Group VINCI, and of the successful (and listed) industrial group Ackermans & Van Haaren – a member of the BEL 20-the 20 largest companies of Belgium, took over all the shares of AIG, to become the major shareholder of the Dinh Vu Industrial Zone in Haiphong city, Vietnam. Rent-A-Port keeps expanding it industrial zones not only Haiphong city, but also in Quang Ninh province, creating the Deep C industrial cluster of 3,000 ha.
Rent Port Green Energy’s management was the driving force behind the pioneering: “far shore” wind farm C power. This was first time ever that wind turbines was installed so far offshore (30 km). The total farm capacity was approx. 360 MW.
Rent Port Green Energy have participated in several related power green projects in Oman, Belgium. The group starts investing in green energy for a sustainable development of Vietnam. These include projects in wind-powered water desalination in Mekong River Delta and Haiphong, pioneering in solar energy in north Vietnam, waste-to-energy modules in Dinh Vu and Uong Bi.
Rent-A-Port is also looking at developing an inland waterway ports that diverts dangerous traffic on road to a safer and more ecological route by sea. Rent-A-Port Green Energy signs a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) on co-operation in wind-driven desalination for agricultural production in the Mekong Delta region and to further implement its long-term commitment in Vietnam. Accordingly, the Belgian firms and MARD will set up five demonstration wind-powered water desalination plants with the investment of $15 million, which are capable of providing fresh water for at least 200 hectares of rice fields in five locations across the Mekong Delta. Each demo plant consists of two water production units with a total combined peak capacity of 400 cubic metres per day. The salinity of the fresh water produced would be below 0.1 per cent, making it suitable for irrigation and even drinkable for the local people.
“We are expecting around 250 such plants to be built in the region, as a part of supporting Vietnam in improving rice production and the livelihoods of the region’s farmers. We are also willing to help Vietnam identify and seek the most suitable financing source for the development of such plants in the Mekong Delta,” Marc Stordiau, managing director of Rent-A-Port said at the MOU.