Vietnam ministry proposes cancelation of 324 hydropower projects

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The Ministry of Industry and Trade has recommended that the government should scrap 324 small hydropower plants that are planned to be built, Vietnam News Agency reported Wednesday.

Local authorities have agreed to the scrapping of 64 of them with a total planned capacity of 226.2 megawatts.

The ministry said that reviews it had done together with local authorities since December 2009 showed that the 324 projects are unlikely to be efficient, and all of them are small at less than three megawatts.

They would also adversely affect the environment, societies, and other projects, or did not have convenient locations, it said.

Besides, many of them have been suspended or delayed due to funding problems, or have yet to complete environmental assessments, it said.

Vietnam currently has 239 hydropower plants and another 871 on the drawing board with a total capacity of 25,291.3 megawatts.

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