12 July 2017

HCM City considers building of waste-to-energy plant

NDO – Ho Chi Minh City will establish a science council to appraise the results of the experimental project ‘Go Cat waste-to-electricity plant’ in order to expand the waste-to-electricity plant in the future.

Nguyen Thanh Phong, Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee made the statement during a working visit to Hydraulic – Machine Company at the Go Cat solid waste treatment area in Binh Tan district, Ho Chi Minh City, on July 11.

The Go Cat waste-to-electricity plant is the first of its kind in Ho Chi Minh City using made-in-Vietnam technology, which is invested in and run by Hydraulic – Machine Company in co-ordination with the Ho Chi Minh City Urban Environment Company.

Phong said that following the completion of the appraisal of the experimental project, the operation of Go Cat plant must be adjusted to avoid any effect on the environment or the life of the locals.

He also agreed with Hydraulic – Machine’s proposal to expand the scale of the plant in the future.

The construction of the experimental Go Cat project was commenced in March 2017 and began operation on April 22, 2017. Currently, the plant is treating non-hazardous industrial waste and turning it into electricity.

The plant has treated approximately 500 tonnes of industrial waste, producing 7MW of electricity. The waste treatment cost is VND1.5 million per tonne and the selling price of electricity is 10.5 cent per kWh of electricity.

Director of Hydraulic – Machine Company, Nguyen Gia Long said that industrial waste is not buried or burned during the treatment process therefore it doesn’t create waste water, bad odours or smoke.

Long noted that the waste-to-electricity technology solution can be implemented on a small scale to create favourable conditions for enterprises to invest in building plants of this type. In addition, the plant can be built in a small scale in communes and districts to address the problem of waste and to prevent the movement of waste from the urban areas to rural areas.

The waste-to-electricity technology was invented by Director of Hydraulic – Machine Company Nguyen Gia Long in 2013 and has been successfully applied at the Dong Van industrial zone in Ha Nam province.



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