|An image of Nghi Sơn Oil Refinery in the Nghi Sơn Economic Zone. — VNA/VNS Photo Quang Quyết|
HÀ NỘI — The Nghi Sơn Economic Zone in the central province of Thanh Hóa will be expanded to 106,000 ha, ten times larger than its initial planned size, in order to meet business demand and turn the area into a driving force for the socio-economic development of the province and the north-central region.
The new master plan was announced by the Ministry of Construction and provincial authorities in Tĩnh Gia District on Wednesday. It includes nearly 66,500ha of land and more than 39,500ha of sea area.
The expanded zone will cover the whole area of Tĩnh Gia District, the communes of Yên Mỹ, Công Bình and Công Chính in Nông Cống District, and the communes of Thanh Tân, Thanh Kỳ and Yên Lạch in Như Thanh District.
Chairman of Thanh Hóa People’s Committee Nguyễn Đình Xứng said the adjustment would make Nghi Sơn a multi-sector economic zone with a focus on heavy industry and basic industry, along with effective exploitation of the seaport.
“Nghi Sơn Economic Zone will be a synchronous and modern industrial urban complex containing services and tourism, with the centre being Nghi Sơn industrial city and Hải Ninh, Yên Mỹ and Thanh Tâm urban areas, which will be developed into smart, sustainable areas,” said Xứng.
The zone is one of eight important economic zones in Việt Nam. It is also an important transport hub, a gateway for exchanging goods and connecting trade with northern Laos, northeastern Thailand and sub-areas of Thanh Hóa by national and international maritime routes through the Nghi Sơn road system and seaport.
Xứng said the province would continue improving its business investment environment and boosting promotion programmes to attract investments in the economic zone and other industrial parks.
The province will push ahead with the construction of essential infrastructure systems for the zone, Xứng added.
In 2018, it contributed VNĐ12 trillion (US$516 million) to the State budget.
Deputy Minister of Construction Phan Thị Mỹ Linh said the zone would help solve land shortages for supporting industries, the high-tech industry, light industry and processing of agricultural products and seafood. It should also help develop tourism within the economic zone by adding accommodations.
Linh told local authorities to implement the plan in line with the current legal regulations.
The new plan was approved by Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc on December 7, 2018. It will expand the zone from 18,000ha to 106,000ha, for operation from now to 2035.
The Nghi Sơn EZ, established in 2006, is some 200km to the south of the capital city of Hà Nội. It houses the Nghi Sơn seaport and the Nghi Sơn Oil Refinery and Petrochemical Complex – the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia. — VNS