HCMC – As an undersupply of coal for thermo-power stations is looming, Vietnam is planning to annually import around five million tons of coal from Australia.
Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Hong Dien put forward this plan at a meeting with Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Robyn Mudie yesterday, April 1. The meeting came as Vietnam is seeking more coal suppliers to ensure an adequate amount of coal for thermal power plants which might shut down as from this month if coal is not enough for their operation.
Minister Dien expected the Australian ambassador would arrange a meeting to connect Vietnamese companies with Australian firms and management agencies to sign contracts to deliver coal to Vietnam this month, said local news reports.
Dien also proposed that the Australian side consider providing a steady supply of coal to Vietnam at a reasonable price.
Mudie affirmed that Australia is able to supply coal to Vietnam.
Australia is among the world’s largest coal exporters, with its annual coal output exceeding 200 million tons. The country also exports nearly 40 billion Australian dollars worth of coal per year.
Aside from Australia, the Ministry of Industry and Trade will seek additional coal supplies from South Africa.