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OK for coal trans-shipment port

Monday, 14 August 2017 02:17

Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng has approved the proposal to build a coal shipment port in the southern region.

The deputy PM assigned the Ministry of Industry and Trade in co-operation with the Ministry of Transport and relevant agencies to complete the port construction feasibility report. The port will carry coal to thermo-power plants in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta region.

As per the deputy PM’s instruction, the ministries will propose coal shipment plans to serve the urgent thermo-power plant demand in the region while building suitable investment plans to submit to the PM Nguyễn Xuân Phúc for approval.

According to the national electricity development master plan, the Mekong Delta region will have seven major thermo-power centres, including Long Phú, Sông Hậu, Duyên Hải, Bạc Liêu, An Giang, Kiên Lương and Tiền Giang.

The total demand of imported coal for the thermo-power centres would be around 11 million tonnes by 2020 and 22 million tonnes by 2025. The coal demand would increase to 43 million tonnes by 2030.

Local coal resources have been concentrated in the northeastern province of Quảng Ninh which mainly serve for thermo-power centres in the northern and central provinces.

Experts argue that Việt Nam should have a coal trans-shipment port to reduce costs of transport to the centres in the region. However, the Government should consider coal import sources and vessel capacity