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Cà Mau seeks to prevent gas shortage at industrial complex

Update: April, 10/2019 - 08:48

The People’s Committee of Cà Mau Province has come up with several solutions to supply the predicted shortage of one billion cu.m of gas at Cà Mau’s Gas- Power-Fertilizer Industrial Complex.   — VNA/VNS Photo Huỳnh Thế Anh

CÀ MAU— The People’s Committee of Cà Mau Province has asked the Ministry of Industry and Trade to ensure sufficient gas supply for Cà Mau’s Gas-Power-Fertilizer Industrial Complex, which is expected to have a serious shortage by September, according to Nguyễn Tiến Hải, chairman of Cà Mau’s People's Committee.

The gas supply for the province would be less than 1 billion cubic metre per year, while  demand was 2.26 billion cubic metres per year, Hải said.

The shortage would affect the production of the Gas- Power- Fertilizer complex and the province’s budget.

To solve the problem, the province has asked the Government and the ministry to put into use Block B on the Ô Môn gas field and connect the gas pipeline of the complex to the field to ensure a gas source and operation of the industrial park, according to Hải.

The new gas source will contribute to the region’s economic development and increase national electricity production.

In addition, the provincial authority is calling for enterprises to invest in the liquefied natural gas industry in Khánh An Industrial Park.  

Recently, many enterprises have proposed construction of a new gas thermal power plant in Khánh An Industrial Park with a design capacity of 1,500MW.

Last month, Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) and the Malaysian oil and gas corporation Petronas signed an agreement for additional gas to be provided to the Cà Mau complex.

Under the agreement, the complex will receive additional gas of one billion cubic metres per year starting from the end of this year.  

The Cà Mau Gas-Power-Fertilizer complex was built in 2001 in the southernmost province of Cà Mau. PetroVietnam invested in the complex, which includes two gas thermal power plants with total capacity of 1,500MW, one fertilizer plant, and 3,252km of gas pipeline. — VNS

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