The Ministry of Industry and Trade is seeking approval from the government to build a major thermal power plant in Long An Province.
The US$3.1-billion plant in Can Duoc District, some 30 km from Ho Chi Minh City, will generate 1,600 MW using coal imported from Australia or Indonesia.
It will be a BOT (build-operate-transfer) project invested by Korean Electric Power Corporation and Vinakobalt Long An.
In 2011 the government approved an electricity plan for up to 2030 that prioritizes thermal power plants of “appropriate size.”
Vietnam is on course to have an installed capacity of 75,000 MW by 2020, 46.8 percent at coal plants, 24 percent at gas-fired plants and 19.6 percent hydropower.
Renewables will make up 4.5 percent and nuclear power plants, 2.1 percent.
Last month Green Innovation and Development warned about diseases linked to pollution caused by a fast growing network of coal-fired power plants, which kill around 4,300 people in Vietnam each year.
The Hanoi-based non-profit group claimed that once all planned power projects become operational, the annual death count could reach 25,000.