German technology to power HCMC’s waste-to-energy plants in late 2020

German technology to power HCMC’s waste-to-energy plants in late 2020 – A first step in reducing the need to bury waste in Ho Chi Minh City.
German technology to power HCMC’s waste-to-energy plants in late 2020
Da Phuoc Landfill in HCMC.

As a first step in reducing the need to bury waste, construction of HCMC’s first waste-to-energy plant will begin on August 28, with its launch scheduled for the end of next year.

At a press briefing on the progress of waste-to-energy plants in the city held by the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment on August 26, Ngo Nhu Hung Viet, general director of Vietstar Environmental JSC, owner of the Vietstar waste-to-energy project, noted that the plant in Cu Chi District will use technology from German waste management company Martin. The closed system is entirely automated, does not emit odors or require trash to be sorted at source, he said.

In the first phase, the plant is expected to have a daily capacity of processing 2,000 tons of waste, which will double to 4,000 tons per day by 2021. The total investment for the two phases is estimated at nearly US$400 million.

Nguyen Toan Thang, director of the HCMC Department of Natural Resources and Environment, stated that HCMC discharged an average of 9,200 tons of waste daily last year, up 4.19% over 2017, and most of the waste was buried landfills, causing pollution and the stench to spread to nearby residential areas.

The city is expected to kick off two more waste-to-energy projects in September and October to reduce the proportion of buried waste to 50% by 2020 and 20% by 2025. City authorities are soliciting investment in power plants in five unused landfills in outlying districts: three at Phuoc Hiep in Cu Chi District and one each at Go Cat in Binh Tan District and Dong Thanh in Hoc Mon district. HCMC authorities will issue preferential policies on land, electricity price, tax and capital for investors of waste-to-energy projects.

Work on parts of the Tam Sinh Nghia waste-to-energy project in Cu Chi District will begin in October, remarked Ngo Xuan Tiec, general director of Tam Sinh Nghia Investment-Development JSC.

Covering eight hectares of land, this plant will also use German technology to burn 2,000 tons of waste to produce 40 megawatts of electricity and 200 tons of unbaked bricks per day. The plant is expected to be put into operation in the last quarter of 2021.

Source: vnexpress | thesaigontimes

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