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Quang Ngai shelves two solar farms on An Khe lagoon

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The central province of Quang Ngai has withdrawn its proposal to add two solar power projects on An Khe Lagoon, which is part of the Sa Huynh cultural relic complex, to the national power development plan.

The province on October 26 said it asked the provincial Department of Industry and Trade to work and report the withdrawal of the proposal to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, reported the local media.

The departments, agencies and relevant units in the province were also urged to prepare and complete documents and scientific research related to the Sa Huynh complex before November 30.

In 1909, at Sa Huynh village in the province’s Duc Pho Town, French archaeologist M. Vinet discovered the ancient Sa Huynh culture with more than 200 burial jars dating back 2,500-3,000 years.

The Sa Huynh culture comprises three archaeological sites, Long Thanh, Phu Khuong and Thanh Duc.

Given its special cultural and historical value, the Sa Huynh relic complex was recognized as the national cultural and historical relic site in 1997 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Previously, when the province proposed building solar farms on the An Khe Lagoon, environmental and heritage experts, as well as local residents strongly opposed the plan.

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