South Korean companies plan major waste treatment plant for Mekong Delta

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A small waste processing plant in Can Tho City. Photo: Quang Minh Nhat A small waste processing plant in Can Tho City. Photo: Quang Minh Nhat

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A South Korean syndicate has proposed to build a major waste treatment plant to solve an urgent demand in the Mekong Delta where thousands of tons of waste are being discharged every day.
The proposal was made by three companies, Woojin Construction, Kunhwa Engineering and Construction and Hyundai Rotem, in a meeting with local officials on Wednesday.
Choi Hyeong Suk, director of Woojin Vietnam, said that the three companies are experienced in waste processing and engery.
“We want to build the plant in Hau Giang Province to treat waste from nearby cities and provinces including Can Tho, Vinh Long, An Giang, Soc Trang and Bac Lieu,” Thoi Bao Kinh Te Saigon quoted Suk as saying.
Suk said that it is better to build a large plant for the whole region, instead of many small ones. 
The proposed 150-hectare plant will also generate electricity.
The whole Mekong Delta discharges more than 600,000 tons of waste a year. This figure does not include the relative large amount at home-dumping sites, officials said.
The South Korean companies have already invested US$750 million in a 350 MW wind power plant in Tra Vinh and is surveying to build another in Bac Lieu. 
It has also invested in a water treatment plant in Vinh Long. 

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