Vietnam Deputy PM Hails Irish Company’s Contributions

ESB International has greatly contributed to developing Vietnam’s energy sector, says deputy prime minister Hoang Trung Hai.

At an October 29 ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of ESB International operations in Vietnam, Hai said the company is now a reliable partner and friend of many Vietnamese businesses.

Being aware of the importance of the world’s leading consultancy companies, including ESB International, in developing its energy sector, the Vietnamese government will create the best possible conditions for them to operate in the country, said the deputy PM.

Speaking at the event, which was also attended by Joe Costello, Irish minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs, ESB International Managing director Ollie Brogan said his company identifies Vietnam as a key growth market, where surging demand for electricity is driving new investment in energy assets.

“We have been operating continuously in Vietnam since 1987 and have lived through its transformation into a modern, high growth economy, where over 98 percent of the population now has access to electricity. We are committed to being part of the future here and see a very strong market for our services as new generation capacity is added to keep pace with electricity demand increases of up to 13 percent a year”, he said.

ESB International is a leading provider of engineering and strategic consultancy services to the global energy sector. It is a wholly owned by Electricity Supply Board Ireland, a state-owned vertically integrated electricity utility. The company employs over 1,100 staff worldwide and has completed projects in 115 countries.

ESB International has worked on a wide range of training and consultancy projects in Vietnam over the past 25 years. It is currently working on the second phase of a 1,200MW thermal power plant in Hai Phong city on behalf of the Institute of Energy.

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