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Hanoi breaks ground on second WTE plant

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Work on the Seraphin waste-to-energy (WTE) plant project at the Xuan Son landfill in Hanoi’s Son Tay Town began yesterday, March 30.

The project, whose investor is the Seraphin Green Environment Technology Company, under AMACCAO Group, costs VND3.5 trillion (US$152 million) in investment.

The plant will have a designed capacity of burning 1,500-2,000 tons of waste per day. It is expected to be put into service after 20 months.

To Van Nhat, vice chairman at AMACCAO, said the plant will use European technology to burn waste to produce electricity. The facility will neither discharge wastewater, release dust, nor emit noise and odor into the environment.

All criteria on wastewater, gas emissions, odor and noise linked to the plant’s operation will be sent online to the municipal government and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment. Besides, an electronic board set up at the entrance of the plant will display the environmental impact indexes of the plant to be monitored by people and the local authorities.

Speaking at the groundbreaking event, Nguyen Trong Dong, vice chairman of the municipal government, said the capital city, over the past few years, has adopted advanced technology in waste treatment, using waste as a resource for recycling and producing electricity. This, he said, helped improve the environment and develop the economy.

Seraphin is the second WTE plant in the capital city. The first one is located at the Nam Son landfill in the outlying district of Soc Son, with a capacity of burning 5,500 tons of waste per day, and is expected to be put into service in the second quarter of this year.

Aside from these two projects, Hanoi will continue to build more waste treatment facilities in Chuong My, Phu Xuyen, Thanh Tri and Gia Lam in the years to come.

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