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Construction of two power plants on dumpsite begins in city   2009-03-17 - SGT

The construction of two power plants that will generate electricity from the collected gases of garbage began Saturday at the Dong Thanh Dumpsite in Hoc Mon District and the Phuoc Hiep 1 Dumpsite in HCMC’s Cu Chi District.

According to the investor, the two plants, invested capital US$30 million, will produce 42 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year upon completion next March.

Refrigeration Electrical Engineering Corporation (REE) and Korean-based KMDK Company are developing this pioneer project deploying the clean development mechanism of Kyoto Protocol for reducing greenhouse gases.

Nguyen Thi Mai Thanh, REE general director, said at the groundbreaking ceremony held at the Dong Thanh Dumpsite that the generated electricity will be linked into the national grid and is expected to be enough for the consumption of nearly 20,000 families.

“In Cu Chi District, we will also collect carbon dioxide from the Phuoc Hiep 1A Dumpsite which is adjacent to the Phuoc Hiep 1 Dumpsite for a power plant here,” Thanh said.

The project developers, who expect to eliminate 252,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year, are installing gas collecting pipes at a depth of 15 meters at the Dong Thanh and Phuoc Hiep 1 Dumpsites, home to some 12 million tons of garbage.

According to the city’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the project will save the city hundreds of billions of Vietnam dong that is needed for treating wastewater that leaks from the dumpsites as well as earn the city money by selling carbon credits, known as certified emission reduction certificates (CER), as approved in the clean development mechanism.

The flexible clean development mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol allows developed countries to purchase CER from developing countries to satisfy their commitment to reducing greenhouse emissions.

One unit of CER is equivalent to the reduction of one ton of carbon dioxide and costs 15-20 euros in the world market.

“The investor will earn eight parts from the revenue of CER selling and the remaining two parts will belong to the city’s budget,” Nguyen Trung Viet, head of the department’s Office of Solid Waste Management, told the Daily.

The project was approved by the city government in 2006 but due to financial and administrative difficulties was delayed until last week.

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