1,000 illegal Chinese workers employed by Ca Mau plant

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Authorities in the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau said Saturday more than 1,000 Chinese laborers were working without licenses for a Vietnam-China joint venture in the province.

According to the provincial Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, Wuhuan Engineering Corporation (WEC), the Chinese contractor for the Ca Mau Fertilizer Plant, has employed more than 1,700 Chinese workers for the project.

Only 700 of them have labor licenses, the department said.

It has asked the contractor to submit papers for foreign labor recruitment as regulated by Vietnamese law as soon as possible.

Work on the US$900 million plant a joint venture between the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam), the WEC and the China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC) officially started in 2009.

The plant is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

It is part of the Ca Mau Gas-Power-Fertilizer Complex a complex of gas pipeline, urea plant and thermal power plant in Khanh An Commune, U Minh District.

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