Work on a waste-to-energy (WTE) plant, worth US$215 million, began in the outlying district of Cu Chi on October 16 as the second of its kind in HCMC, allowing the city to address both the waste problem and the demand for energy simultaneously.
|HCMC Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong (C) and other officials join the groundbreaking ceremony of the city’s second waste-to-energy plant – PHOTO: VNA|
Tam Sinh Nghia Investment and Development JSC started construction on the eight-hectare Tam Sinh Nghia WTE plant at the Tay Bac solid waste treatment complex in Cu Chi.
The plant, which is expected to be completed within a year and a half, will have a daily processing capacity of 2,000 tons of waste and generate 40 megawatts of electricity.
In the second phase, the plant will treat an additional 3,000 tons of waste daily, covering a total area of 20 hectares.
The company’s chairman and general director, Ngo Xuan Tiec, was cited by the Vietnam News Agency as saying that the plant will employ German WTE technology that is popular in 40 countries.
The advantage of the technology lies in being able to operate on a closed chain from waste collection to the final discharge stage, so the plant will not spread unpleasant odors.
The city’s chairman, Nguyen Thanh Phong, stated that construction had started on two WTE plants, including the first plant Vietstar. Also, measures are being introduced to treat household waste through modern technology to ensure environmental sanitation and utilize natural resources.
Phong noted that the WTE technology handles up to 90%-95% of the waste volume, eliminates the risk of water pollution and makes use of existing heat sources for the generation of electricity.
“Each day, the city has to treat more than 9,000 tons of household waste, not to mention industrial and medical waste,” he remarked.
He added that the city will construct another WTE plant later this year, raising the total daily processing capacity of current and future plants to over 7,000 tons of waste.
Since August this year, a US$400-million WTE plant has been under construction at the Tay Bac solid waste treatment complex, funded by Vietstar JSC in Cu Chi. Slated for completion next year, it will treat 2,000 tons of waste per day, doubling to 4,000 tons a year later. SGT
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc stressed on October 15 that the Government will take more drastic actions to protect the environment, including returning imported containers of waste to their source countries.
Waste-to-energy technology is a feasible solution for the solid waste crisis in Vietnam's major cities, local authorities have said.