|Participants take part in groundbreaking ceremony of the plant. — VNA/VNS Photo Quốc Việt|Viet Nam News
THỪA THIÊN–HUẾ — A joint venture by Việt Phương (VPG) Investment Group and Quarzwerke Group of Germany on Wednesday began construction of a low-iron sand and quartz powder processing plant in Phong Điền District, the central province of Thừa Thiên–Huế.
According to Nguyễn Văn Phương, vice chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, the exploitation of Phong Điền white sand area was approved by the Government in 2008.
With a total area of 135sq.km in Phong Hòa, Phong Bình, Phong Chương, Phong Thu, Phong Hiền communes as well as Phong Điền town, the zone’s sand reserve is estimated at 127 million cubic metres. The sand in the area is suitable for processing high-grade glass, optical glass and solar cells, he said.
Covering 7.3ha in Phong Hiền Commune, the 21-million-euro (more than US$24.5 million) project has a designed capacity of 230,000 tonnes of products a year. It will specialise in producing high quality low-iron sand and quartz powder. The plant’s products will be provided for domestic manufacturers of super-white glass and solar panel glass.
VPG General Director Phương Minh Huệ said this is the first plant of its kind in Việt Nam. Páez Malletz, general director of Quarzwerke Group, said that the ground-breaking showed the effective cooperation between the two firms aiming to upgrade the production chain using white sand.
In addition, the project will help attract investors that produce solar cells and glass phone screens to invest in the area, he added. — VNS