PHU YEN (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved the construction of a 60MW biomass power plant in Phu Yen Industrial Zone in the central Phu Yen Province.
He asked the industry and trade ministry to work with the provincial authority to guide investors in the procedures and the construction of the plant as per current construction, quality management and environmental protection regulations.
The provincial People's Committee will be in charge of providing material resources and the site clearance for the project.
The plant is expected to produce 30MW in the first phase from 2016 to 2017, and raise its capacity to 60MW in the second phase from 2017 to 2018.
The project will use rice straw, corn stalks and other organic materials as feedstock for the power plant. The use of such materials as fuel is not only environment-friendly as it releases less carbon dioxide when burned, as compared with fossil fuels, but also helps bring stable income to farmers in the country.
In 2010, a biomass power plant worth about VND1.2 trillion (US$59.1 million), the first of its kind in Viet Nam, was built in the northern Phu Tho Province's Phong Chau Town.
The 40MW plant produced 331.5 million kWh annually after three years of construction. — VNS