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Vietnam's First Waste-to-Energy Plant Starts Operation in Hanoi

Vietnam’s first waste-to-energy plant is now ready for commercial operations.

The Nam Son Waste Treatment Complex, a state-of-the-art facility that can convert garbage into energy, was recently inaugurated in Hanoi’s suburban district of Soc Son, reports Dan Tri.

The first of its kind in Vietnam, the plant has an incineration capacity of 75 tons of waste a day, according to Lao Dong. Its first test run was completed in March this year, generating 1.93MW of energy in total, 1.2MW of which was funneled into the national power grid.

Nguyen Doan Toan, vice chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee, hailed the plant as a milestone in the city’s effort to become more environmentally-friendly, and an example for other waste treatment facilities in the city to follow.

A sum of US$29 million was set aside for the project, of which US$22.5 million came through non-refundable aid from Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). The technology and equipment were provided by the Japanese company Hitachi Zosen, which will closely monitor the plant, together with the Hanoi Urban Environment Company.

Yoshito Nakajima, counsellor from the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam, also expressed Japan’s willingness to support similar projects in the country.

With Vietnam struggling to manage its yearly production of over 27.8 million tons of waste, such aid is welcome.

[Photo via Dan Tri]

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