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Long An on verge of losing thermal power plants
By Trung Chanh
Saturday,  Sep 22, 2018,23:26 (GMT+7)

Long An on verge of losing thermal power plants

By Trung Chanh

File photo of a power transmission system at Duyen Hai power plant in Tra Vinh. Long An Province will likely lose its power projects over the use of LPG – PHOTO: TRUNG CHANH

CAN THO – Long An Province is still pushing for the use of natural gas at local power plants instead of coal but the Ministry of Industry and Trade has yet to approve this proposal. Pending projects will likely come to an end as a result of this indecision, according to Director of the provincial Department of Industry and Trade Le Minh Duc.

Duc told the Saigon Times on September 21 that Long An is determined to develop gas-fired plants rather than coal-fired ones.

He cited a response from the ministry as saying that it had not canceled the Long An Power Complex project, with a designed capacity of 2,800 megawatts, under the national master plan for power development, including the suggested coal-fired plants.

The adjusted national master plan on power development, which was approved by the Prime Minister, indicated that Long An is permitted to develop two coal-fueled plants at the Power Complex. Therefore, the ministry asserted it saw no reason to approve the gas-fired projects.

Earlier, the Mekong Delta region had recorded a case that resulted in the successful shift from coal to gas in Bac Lieu.

Two years ago, Bac Lieu authorities got approval to cancel a coal-fired power plant project that was part of the adjusted national master plan.

As of May 2018, the Bac Lieu government had signed a memorandum of understanding with U.S.-invested Energy Capital Vietnam to develop a power plant that would run on gas, with a designed capacity of 3,200 megawatts and total investment capital reaching nearly US$4 billion.

Later in July, the Prime Minister assigned the ministry, the Vietnam Electricity Group and the relevant agencies to weigh the possibility of adding the project to the national master plan on power development.

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