HCM City okays expanded waste-to-power project

HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City authorities have agreed to build a large-scale project
on producing electricity from waste, aiming to cut the volume of buried waste
by 50 percent by 2020.

He city’s landfills
receive 1.5 million tonnes of industrial waste and 8,300 tonnes of domestic
waste a day. The volume is expected to increase in the time to come as the city
witnesses the growth of its population and economy.

During a field trip to Go Cat landfill in the city on July 11, which houses a pilot waste-to-power plant, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong
acknowledged the project’s effectiveness.

However, he asked the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment
to set up a scientific council to assess the pilot, which will be a foundation
for units to build an expanded project soon.

Investors need to consider management work in the process of expanding the
project to avoid causing pollution, he stressed.

The project, which uses
Vietnamese technology, is jointly invested by the Hydraulic Machine
Ltd Company and the HCM
City Urban Environment
One-member Co., Ltd.

According to Nguyen Toan Thang, Director of the Department,
the Go Cat landfill received a total of 5.3 million tonnes of waste until it
closed in 2007.

In March this year, the municipal authority approved a plan to build the pilot
project. Power produced by the plant was connected to the national grid on
April 22, 2017.

The plant has so far processed 500 tonnes of industrial waste, generating 7MW for
the national grid.

The pilot project is hoped to promote the transfer of the “made-in-Vietnam” technology
in producing electricity from waste to waste-treatment companies in HCM City.

Vice director of the municipal Department of Industry and Trade Nguyen Phuong
Dong said under the electricity development plan in 2015-2020, with a vision to
2030, the city aims to produce 100MW of clean electricity from biomass, wind,
waste and solar energy.

Increasing the productivity of clean electricity from waste is a must to hit
the goal, he said.-VNA



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