Pompeo says AES of US, PetroVietnam to sign $2.8B LNG deal

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Pompeo says AES of US, PetroVietnam to sign $2.8B LNG deal

Wednesday, 28 October 2020 | AP | Hanoi

Pompeo says AES of US, PetroVietnam to sign $2.8B LNG deal

The US energy firm AES and PetroVietnam plan to soon sign an agreement on a USD 2.8 billion liquefied natural gas project, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday.

Pompeo made the comments in pre-recorded remarks to a business conference hosted both online and in person in Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital.

Arlington, Virginia-based AES Corp. And its Vietnamese partners have been gradually ramping up efforts to develop a hub for importing LNG from the US over the past several years.

Pompeo said Vietnam has approved the project, and that it would “open the door to billions of dollars per year in US LNG exports to Vietnam. That's a real win-win situation.“

Last year, President Donald Trump and his Vietnamese counterpart, Tran Dai Quang, signed a memorandum of understanding on AES working with PetroVietnam Gas JSC to develop the LNG terminal and 2,250 megawatt power plant at Son My, in the south-central province of Binh Thuan.

Vietnam's demand for energy is soaring as its economy rapidly industrializes. The US, its biggest trading partner, is keen to increase exports to the country to help rebalance its trade deficit, which was nearly USD 55 billion in 2019.

The US has been seeking to increase American investments in Asian energy, infrastructure and telecoms and has nearly 60 potential projects worth $185 billion, Pompeo said without giving details.

Delta Offshore Energy and a consortium that includes Bechtel Infrastructure, GE Power and other companies also recently announced plans for a $4 billion LNG to power project in southern Vietnam's Bac Lieu province.

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