Two bauxite projects well behind schedule
By Van Nam and Anh Quan - The Saigon Times Daily
HCMC – Due to authorities’ intervention and capital difficulties, the deployment of two bauxite projects in the Central Highlands is way behind schedule.
The operation of the Nhan Co alumina plant is one year behind schedule. Therefore, hundreds of local workers who had been trained to work at the factory have become jobless.
Likewise, the Tan Rai alumina plant is set to be operational in June but the upgrade of alumina products transport routes from the factory to Go Dau Port in Dong Nai Province is at a standstill due to a lack of capital.
Nguyen Van Hieu of Nhan Co Alumina JSC in Dak Nong Province told the Daily his company recruited and trained over 300 local staff for the new factory. But the Ministry of Industry and Trade later asked the firm to halt its project for economic efficiency and environmental impact assessment with the trained workers being let go.
There are 250 others currently being trained who may have the same problem faced by the 300 laborers after graduating in August this year as the project won’t be finished by that time.
The Tan Rai alumina plant, another bauxite project invested by Vietnam Coal and Mineral Industries Group (TKV) in Lam Dong Province, will be commissioned for trial production in June. Even though the operational schedule is close, the upgrade of routes used for transporting alumina from the plant to neighboring Dong Nai Province’s Go Dau Port has made no headway due to financial constraints.
Upgrading the 18-kilometer National Road 725 between the factory and National Highway 20 has been suspended until more funds are injected from TKV, according to Truong Huu Hiep, director of Lam Dong Province’s Department of Transport.
Meanwhile, TKV attributed the slow capital replenishment to the fact that the group was still awaiting the next financial instruction from the Ministry of Finance.
Work on the National Road 725 improvement project started in December last year at the total cost of nearly VND178 billion provided by TKV.
The same situation is also seen at National Road 769 connecting Dau Giay T-conjunction with Go Dau Port in Dong Nai as part of the bauxite transport route.
Until the Ke Ga Port project is completed, alumina from the Tan Rai plant will be delivered to Go Dau Port thanks to a 210-kilometer-long route encompassing National Road 725, Bao Loc City in Lam Dong Province, National Highway 20, National Road 769 and National Highway 51.