PM visits first local WTE project in Ha Nam Province
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc inspects a machine used in the waste-to-energy process at HMC Hydraulics Ltd in Ha Nam Province - PHOTO: VGP
HANOI - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has dropped by HMC Hydraulics Ltd in Dong Van 2 industrial park in Ha Nam Province to gain hands-on knowledge of locally developed waste-to-energy (WTE) technology.
Nguyen Gia Long, director of HMC Hydraulics Ltd, told Prime Minister Phuc and his entourage that the company has successfully test used WTE technology for solid waste treatment by heating waste in a low-oxygen atmosphere to produce synthetic gas which will then be used to power a steam turbine to generate electricity.
During the visit, the plant treated 208 tons of non-classified solid waste provided by Ha Nam Urban Environment Company and generated enough electricity for the lighting system of Dong Van 2 industrial park. The advantage of WTE technology is that it does not need waste classification, chimney and waste burial space.
The Prime Minister expressed appreciation of the creativity of Vietnamese researchers, saying it could substitute the polluting burial technology which is prevalent in the country.
He assigned specific tasks to ministries and localities to speed up the use of WTE technology. Ha Nam authorities said they will actively support HMC Hydraulics Ltd to complete their technology and bring it into commercial production, contributing to environmental pollution reduction and economic development.
At first, Ha Nam Province will ask the company to test treat part of the waste in the province in a month with regular inspections to evaluate its effectiveness.
The Ministry of Science and Technology continues to instruct the company to complete procedures to get a certificate of intellectual property rights for WTE technology. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment should guide the company to file for certification of environmental standards for WTE technology.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and Vietnam Electricity Corporation (EVN) will guide the company to prepare electricity sale contracts and connect to the national electricity grid.
The Ministry of Planning and Investment will evaluate the socio-economic efficiency of WTE technology, and propose policy for treatment of solid waste based on this technology.
The Prime Minister suggested offering good electricity prices for environmentally friendly projects and hoped that WTE technology would be used widely in the near future.