Workshop discusses biomass energy planning in Soc Trang

Rice husks can be turned into energy (Photo: VNA) Soc Trang (VNA) – A consultation workshop onbiomass energy planning in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang by 2020, witha vision to 2030, was held in the province on January 25.The event was co-organised by the provincial Department ofIndustry and Trade and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). Deputy Director of the department Le Thach Thanh said SocTrang boasts huge advantages in agro-forestry development, which providessources of biomass energy. Biomass energy planning plays a significant role inpromoting the province’s efficient use of biomass sources for electricityproduction in combination with agricultural development and improvement of localpeople’s livelihoods.A biomass power plant of 12 MW using bagasse has been putinto operation in the province while three new thermo power plants and wind turbineswill be built in the coming time.At the workshop, consulting agencies introduced legalframework for biomass planning, along with methodology, procedures and results ofdrafting provincial-level biomass energy plans and lists of proposed projects. Participants also discussed regional biomass energy planning,cooperation between Soc Trang and other localities in tapping biomass energypotential, as well as environmental impacts and solutions to financial issues.-VNA

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