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Ho Chi Minh City seeks approval for higher waste-to-energy capacity to deal with more garbage

Ho Chi Minh City seeks approval for higher waste-to-energy capacity to deal with more garbage

Wednesday, July 19, 2023, 17:40 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City seeks approval for higher waste-to-energy capacity to deal with more garbage
An overview of the waste treatment facility of Tam Sinh Nghia Investment Development JSC, which converts waste to electricity through burning in Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City has requested the central government to raise its capacity of waste-to-energy incineration from 240 MW to 340 MW to handle the growing amount of waste.

By 2030, it is projected that the electricity generated from waste incineration in Ho Chi Minh City will exceed the current plan by approximately 100 MW.

Currently, the combined capacity of the authorized waste incineration plants for power generation in the city stands at about 240 MW.

These plants belong to several companies, including Vietstar JSC, Tam Sinh Nghia Investment Development JSC, Vietnam Waste Solutions Company Limited (VWS), Tasco JSC, and Ho Chi Minh City Urban Environment Co. Ltd. (CITENCO).

Additionally, the city is seeking investments for a similar waste treatment project through a public-private partnership arrangement.

Considering the observed growth in the city's waste volume, which is anticipated to amount to around 15,000 metric tons a day by 2030, the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment projects that the total electricity generation capacity from waste incineration will reach approximately 340 MW by the same year.

Meanwhile, the national electricity development plan for the period from 2021 to 2030, with a vision to 2050, only includes an additional 19 MW of electricity generation from waste by 2030 for the city.

This limited estimate is due to the sluggish data update between the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

Therefore, the department has advised the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City to submit a formal request to the Ministry of Industry and Trade for an adjustment to the scale of biomass and waste energy sources in the city. 

This adjustment aims to ensure a solid legal foundation for the timely implementation of construction investment projects, particularly waste incineration plants generating electricity.

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Bao Anh - Le Phan / Tuoi Tre News


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