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Howden Opens Office in Vietnam

The Hochiminh City Department of Industry and Trade has issued a licence to Howden to open a representative office in Hochiminh City, Vietnam.

Howden has decided to increase its presence in Vietnam in response to the Vietnamese Government’s promotion of the swift development of power generation capacity to support the country's rapid economic development. Vietnam plans to invest nearly $50 billion in the power sector in the next 10 years

Headquartered in the UK, and having around 4500 employees in 22 countries, Howden is already contributing significantly to the development of Vietnamese power production, having supplied equipment to a number of prestigious power projects such as Mong Duong 2 (2x600MW), Vung Ang 1 (2x600MW), Nghi Son 1 (2x600MW), Vinh Tan 1 (2x600MW) and Thai Binh 2 (2x600MW).

Howden supplies fans and heat exchangers which are vital components of modern high performance coal fired power plants and has the capability to supply this equipment to the largest plants being built around the world. The air preheaters it has supplied to almost 20% of the global coal fired fleet mitigate the emission of over 100 million tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.

Beside the power industry, large-scale projects are in an increasing trend in infrastructure related areas in Vietnam such as oil refineries, steel plant, underground metro and mining. In order to give maximum support to the project’s investors, contractors and sub-contractors, end-users, Howden has decided to establish its presence in Vietnam with its first representative office in Ho Chi Minh City. The opening of the Howden representative office will also pave the way for further cooperation opportunities for other projects with contractors, sub-vendors and companies across Vietnam.

Notes to editors
According to the government’s plans, two-thirds of the $48.8 billion raised will be used to build new plants, and the rest will be invested in power transmission systems. Vietnam will also seek foreign direct investment and official development aid, as well as commercial loans, for the projects.

The country's total installed power-generation capacity is expected to reach 75GW (Gigawatts) in 2020—compared with 21GW at the end of 2010—with coal-fired plants accounting for 48% of the total.

State-run companies such as Vietnam Electricity Group (EVN); Vietnam National Coal & Mineral Industries Holding Corp. (Vinacomin); and Vietnam Oil & Gas Group (PetroVietnam Power), will be responsible for building most of the new plants.

Howden is one of the leading companies in air and gas handling equipment. Howden designs, engineers and supplies air and gas handling equipment, including industrial fans, process gas compressors and rotary heat exchangers. Established over 150 years ago as an engineering firm, Howden has grown to become a worldwide organisation with 4,500 employees and companies in 23 countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Netherland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States.

Howden equipment may be found in virtually every industry but particularly in those such as in power generation, petrochemicals, mining, underground metro, steelmaking, oil & gas and cement manufacturing where the most hazardous air and gas handling duties are to be found.

It introduced many innovations, from the forced draught system in fossil fired boilers, the Sirocco fan,   and the Diaphragm Compressor. It commercialised the Rotary Heat Exchanger and the Screw Compressor.

Its products are known throughout the world for their high levels of performance, reliability and state-of-the-art technology and has a consistent track record of investing in product development to provide market-leading products that make customers' processes more effective and more profitable.

With its extensive applications experience gained by its engineers on sites throughout the world Howden provides comprehensive support to its customers, from initial project inception throughout the entire operating life of the plant.

Trung Q. Hoang
Sales Manager - Chief Representative
Howden Vietnam Representative Office
Room 505 - 5th Floor, Centec Tower,
72-74 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St, District 3, HCMC
Tel: +84 8 3824 3884



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