Updated  
April, 26 2012 10:42:00

Wind power hub planned for City

HCM CITY — A proposal to make the Can Gio Biosphere Reserve in HCM City the biggest wind power hub in the south is being drafted for submission to the People's Committee by the Cong Ly Company.

Costing VND10 trillion (US$500 million), the wind-power plant will supply more than 200MW of electricity to the city.

Around 125 turbines made using American technology will be situated along the coast over a length of 10km, with construction taking around four years.

Can Gio is the best place in the south to build wind power plants since it has average winds of 6.5-7m/second, according to To Hoai Dan, general director and chairman of the company.

Besides, it is already linked with the national electricity grid.

Pham Quoc Bao, deputy general director of the HCM City utility, Power Corporation, said by 2015 the city would be using around 200MW of electricity from recycled and renewable sources, or 4-5 per cent of its total needs.

But the city has just one 2MW plant producing power from waste in Go Cat and a 0.1MW solar plant on Thanh An island.

It plans to build a 12MW plant at the Da Phuoc rubbish dump in Binh Chanh District and a 7MW plant at the Dong Thanh rubbish dump in Hoc Mon District.

But since all these would meet only 25 per cent of the target, "Cong Ly company's 200MW wind power plant is a good idea," Bao said.

Phan Minh Tan, director of the city Department of Science and Technology, had a word of caution: "The city approved a tourism project on an area of 600 ha [including the spot Cong Ly company has in mind for the plant]."

Another problem could arise with farmers. Can Gio beach is famous for aquaculture and has 757ha allocated for oyster farming, an area that could double soon.

"Cong Ly company must complete other surveys related to their project, including environmental, … before submitting to the authorities," Le Manh Ha, deputy chairman of the city People's Committee, said. — VNS

Send Us Your Comments:
Name:
Your E-mail address:
Title:
 

VietNamNews may edit your comments and not all emails will be published.

Highlight

Singaporeans unite to help scammed Vietnamese tourist Singaporeans unite to help scammed Vietnamese tourist

The assistance that Singaporeans gave a Vietnamese tourist who was scammed when he bought an iPhone 6 in Singapore has earned much attention and applause from Vietnamese newspapers and netizens.

Old apartments remain in state of disrepair Old apartments remain in state of disrepair

There are more than 1,500 old apartment buildings at risk of collapse across Viet Nam, but in the last decade, only five per cent were rebuilt.

Province backs cable car to cave 2    Province backs cable car to cave

Authorities in central Quang Binh Province have given the go ahead for a highly controversial cable car system connecting various sites in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to the world's biggest cave, Son Doong.

Edward Scissorhands among free outdoor films Edward Scissorhands among free outdoor films

Saigon Outcast will hold two free Thursday outdoor film screenings this month.

Tax not the solution to online gaming issue 1    Tax not the solution to online gaming issue

A 10 per cent tax on the online gaming industry recently proposed by the Ministry of Finance aims to address the connection between the increase in gaming addiction and game-related crimes among youngsters by charging them more to fuel their addiction.