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Titanium ores overlap IPs in Binh Thuan

By Van Nam - The Saigon Times Daily
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By Van Nam - The Saigon Times Daily

Titanium is manually exploited in Binh Thuan Province, as seen in this file photo. Construction of several industrial parks in Binh Thuan Province has been delayed due to overlap with titanium ores - Photo: Van Nam
HCMC – Titanium, a precious mineral, is now seen as a hindrance to economic development in Binh Thuan Province as such mines overlap many licensed industrial parks (IPs), having earlier impeded tourism projects in the province for the same reason.

Infrastructure construction at several IPs in the south-central province has been delayed for years because of such overlaps, said an official of the province’s Industrial Parks Management Authority.

Chau Thuy Canh, deputy director of the authority, said the Government had approved eight IPs in the province with a total area of 4,300 hectares. However, only Phan Thiet 1 IP that is almost full now has been in place, while the remaining IPs are still under construction or have long been delayed due to titanium ores at these IP sites.

He told the Daily on Wednesday that to prop up the province’s industrial development, the local government had prepared to develop three other IPs – Thuan Qui IP and Ham Cuong IP in Ham Thuan Nam District and Tan Hai IP in La Gi Town.

“However, Ham Cuong IP that has a total area of some 900 hectares cannot make any progress in infrastructure construction because of the overlap with titanium reserves on the site,” he said.

The provincial government has sought support from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment for the construction of Ham Cuong IP, but the province still has not received a response from the ministry, Canh said.

The problem is also faced by the developers of two other IPs of Son My 1 and Son My 2 with the total area of some 2,500 hectares in Ham Tan District. These two projects have stayed inactive for long because nearly 1,200 hectares of these two IPs has been found to contain titanium ores.

“The province has granted investment licenses for the IP developers before the appraisement of titanium reserves by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, but the ministry asked us to stop development of the IPs until the exploitation of titanium reserves is completed,” Canh said.

In recent years, Binh Thuan Province has called for the development of industrial parks to boost industrial production in the province as well as to create jobs for tens of thousands of local people.

Apart from industrial parks, scores of tourism projects in the province have also been stonewalled by titanium exploitation operations, as developers have been told to halt construction.

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