HCM City – The central province of Bình Thuận is preparing to receive sludge from the Vĩnh Tân Thermal Power Centre to reclaim land that has seen serious erosion.
The information was announced at a media briefing organised by the Bình Thuận’s Party Committee’s Propaganda Department on September 7.
“The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has approved the use of one million cubic metres of sludge from the Vĩnh Tân 1 Thermal Power Plant to reclaim land from the sea to build Vĩnh Tân General Port in Bình Thuận,” Võ Thành Huy, deputy head of the office of the provincial People’s Committee said at the meeting.
“The ministry has also asked the Vĩnh Tân 1 Thermal Power Plant to report on what has changed from the initial approved environmental effect assessment report,” he added.
In the future, all sludge from the Vĩnh Tân Thermal Power Centre will be used to reclaim land in an area which has seen serious erosion, including the coast from Vĩnh Tiến hamlet to Vĩnh Hưng hamlet in Vĩnh Tân commune, wards 13 and 14 in Liên Hương town, Tuy Phong district.
Vĩnh Tiến and Vĩnh Hưng hamlets are only 2km away from the Vĩnh Tân Thermal Power Centre.
“It’s very convenient to transport the sludge and it is expected that this area will need 2 million cubic metres of sluge to protect its coast,” Huy added.
The coast in wards 13 and 14 in Liên Hương town are 15 km away from the Vĩnh Tân Thermal Power Centre. The coast has seen erosion of 1.2 km and 20 – 30 m in width and it will need around 8,000 cubic metres of sludge.
“The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and relevant authorities are researching and considering our suggestion,” Huy added.