The first turbine at the Song Tranh 2 Hydroelectric Plant on December 19 began to generate electricity to the national grid. The plant, located in central Quang Nam Province's Bac Tra My District, has two turbines with a total capacity of 190MW designed to provide 680 million kWh per year. The plant's second turbine is expected to connect to the national grid in mid-January. Invested in by the Electricity of Viet Nam, the plant has a total investment capital of more than VND5trillion (US$256.4 million).
Nhan Dan (The People)
HCM City clinics need wastewater system
More than 7,200 private clinics in HCM City have not installed a wastewater treatment system, according to the city's Department of Health. All of the wastewater gathering in septic tanks are discharged into the city's sewers. About 45 hospitals have not built or upgraded their waste water treatment systems. Some of the systems are overloaded. Hospitals and clinics said they lacked funds and human resources to change the situation. Authorities have inspected and handed out penalties to violators, but the situation remains the same. The waste water discharged from hospitals contains potentially dangerous bacteria.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Hai Phong launches services website
The Hai Phong Economic Zone Authority has launched an online information portal at www.henza.gov.vn. The Vietnamese and English website offers users general information about public administrative services as well as policies on State and socio-economic management, and foreign affairs of the country, as well as northern Hai Phong Port City. The website will help local and foreign investors learn more about Hai Phong's industrial parks and economic zones.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times)
Thai Nguyen Province open for business
The northern province of Thai Nguyen has granted investment certificates for 447 enterprises with a total registered capital of more than VND2.62 trillion (US$134.5 million) in the first 11 months, according to the provincial Department of Planning and Investment.
The province's export revenue this year is expected to reach $92 million, a year-on-year increase of 33 per cent.
Of the figure, export earnings from the domestic economic sector is estimated to be $74.6 million, or 30 per cent higher than last year. The foreign-invested economic sector is expected to achieve 48 per cent growth in export revenue this year, topping $17 million.
Dau Tu (Viet Nam Investment Review)