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Advanced waste treatment plant lies unused

Update: November, 26/2015 - 15:03
The Trang Cat solid waste treatment plant, launched with a total investment of US$28 million in 2008, has not been used for two years. — Photo vnexpress.net

HAI PHONG (VNS) — The northern Hai Phong City's Trang Cat solid waste treatment plant, once known to be the most advanced one in Viet Nam, has not been operated for two years. 

The plant worked perfunctorily for a few years after it was launched in late 2008, and has remained closed since 2013 due to lack of funds and its inability to sell outputs, Chairman of Hai Phong Urban Environment Company's Management Board Nguyen Van Quy told VnExpress e-newspaper. 

The plant could treat up to 200 tonnes of waste per day and handle one-fifth of the total waste generated by Hai Phong's urban districts, Quy said. 

Hai Phong's solid waste treatment and management project was approved by the Prime Minister in 1997, with the aim of managing, collecting, transporting and treating waste in the area. 

The project had a total investment of nearly US$28 million, with $19.6 being borrowed from the Korean Economic Development Co-operation Fund and $5.7 coming from the local budget. 

The project covered a total of 60ha in Trang Cat Commune, Hai An District, in Hai Phong City. The landfill accounted for 40ha and the remaining area was occupied by the waste treatment plant. 

Trang Cat Plant has four solid waste treatment lines, which used advanced microbiological technology from Korea and successfully processed waste, turning it into compost, thus meeting Vietnamese standards. 

A Japanese company was considering co-operation with Hai Phong City in waste treatment and recycling investment, Quy said. — VNS

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