Vietnam to build region's first power-generating recycle plant

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Southeast Asia's first energy-producing recycling plant will be built in Hanoi this year, using Japanese technology and funds, industry insiders said.

The Hanoi Urban Environment Company, or Urenco, signed a contract with Japanese manufacturing and engineering firm Hitachi Zosen August 14 to carry out the project at Nam Son, the capital's largest garbage dump, news website VnExpress reported Friday.

Rubber, leather, cloth, paper and plastic waste, as well as medical waste and daily garbage will all be turned into power, according to the investors.

The project will cost US$29.2 million, including $22.5 million in assistance from Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization. The project comes as part of the Vietnam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment's Green Aid Plan.

Construction is expected to finish by 2014, when the plant will start operating with a maximum capacity of 1,930 kilowatts, generated from recycling 75 tons of garbage a day.

The 83-hectare Nam Son garbage dump now receives around 3,100 tons of waste every day.

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