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Work starts on 2,000 tonne waste-to-energy plant in HCM City

The Tam Sinh Nghia Investment Development JSC on October 16 kicked off construction on a waste-to-energy plant with a daily capacity of 2,000 tonnes of waste at the Tay Bac Solid Waste Treatment Complex in Cu Chi district, Ho Chi Minh City.

To be built at a cost of 5 trillion VND (216.58 million USD), the plant, the second of its kind in Ho Chi Minh City, will generate 40 MW of electricity annually.

According to the company’s General Director Ngo Xuan Tiec, the plant will use German Martin Grade technology which is now available in 40 countries worldwide to generate electricity and produce recyclable by-products.

“This advanced technology helps reduce the volume of buried waste, reuse treated wastewater and effectively control odours.”

The first phase of the project is being built on an 8ha area in the 20ha facility run by the Tam Sinh Nghia Investment Development JSC.

Construction will take 18 months, and the plant will begin operation after a four-month trial period.

The plant’s second phase will be built on the remaining 12ha and it would increase the processing capacity to 3,000 tonnes of waste per day, he said.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong, praised the company for acquiring the technology, saying the city is taking various measures to treat daily waste by modern technology to ensure environmental hygiene and make the best use of natural resources.

The city generates around 9,000 tonnes of solid waste daily, of which more than 72 percent is buried and the rest is burnt, recycled or used to produce fertilisers.

It aims to process 50 percent of the waste to produce electricity by next year.

“I hope waste treatment companies join hands with the city to achieve the target,” he said.

The People’s Committee approved the construction of three plants to generate electricity from waste using advanced technologies in August.

On August 28, construction on the first plant began at the Tay Bac Solid Waste Treatment Complex in Cu Chi. The 400 million USD plant is being built by Vietstar JSC, and in the first phase can process 2,000 tonnes per day.

Tasco Joint Stock Company is expected to begin construction of the third plant by the end of this year.