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Binh Dinh pledges to close solar power plant if it impacts local residents
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Binh Dinh pledges to close solar power plant if it impacts local residents

The Saigon Times Daily

A local voices his concern over the possible effects of the solar power project at the discussion with the government of Binh Dinh Province on November 5 – PHOTO: THANH NIEN NEWSPAPER

HCMC – Binh Dinh Province government has pledged to immediately shut down a solar power plant in the north-central locality if it has adverse effects on local residents, Thanh Nien newspaper reported.

The province’s chairman, Ho Quoc Dung, on Monday held a discussion with residents in the outlying district of Phu My to address their concerns over the possible effects of the solar power project.

Earlier, the Hanoi-based Vietnam Renewable Energy JSC was given the go-ahead to build the solar power plant in Tra O Lagoon, located in the same district, stirring up public concerns.

The VND1.44-trillion (US461.8 million) project, which has a designed capacity of 50 MW, will cover some 60 hectares of water surface and 0.6 hectares of land in the lagoon.

The plant will help increase the capacity of the national grid and meet the increasing demand for electricity in the province. It is expected to be put into operation in the second quarter of next year.

Since mid-2018, local residents have expressed fierce opposition to the project.

During the talk yesterday, local fishermen noted they were afraid that they would have no place to earn their living. They also fretted over the possibility that the plant would cause pollution to the lagoon.

The company’s director, Le Duc Thoa, stated that the plant would not cause pollution. He pledged to support local residents with social security issues and to employ locals as a matter of priority.

He noted if the plant came into operation, it would create a source of taxes worth some VND35 billion on an annual basis.

Meanwhile, Chairman Dung claimed the provincial government would strictly abide by prevailing regulations on the execution of the project, thereby bringing benefits to local residents.

“Tra O Lagoon is a common natural resource of the Phu My people and of the province. The administration will not let anything affect the livelihoods of residents around the lagoon,” he remarked, adding that if anyone prevented locals from fishing in the area, they should report the incident to provincial authorities so the violators can be strictly dealt with.

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