Minister questioned about sluggish power project
  • By Chau Nhu Quynh | | November 09, 2019 08:32 AM
Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh has received many questions about the slow pace of a USD4.3 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fired power plant in the southern province of Bac Lieu.

Minister Tran Tuan Anh appeared at a Q&A session with National Assembly delegates in Hanoi on Thursday.


Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh at the Q&A session

Delegate Nguyen Thuy Thai from Bac Lieu Province said that the project was proposed to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc 18 months ago. The investor had completed the required investment procedures.

Provincial authorities sent dozens of documents to the ministry to ask for the project to be speeded up, but to date, the plant had not yet been approved.

In response, Anh said that the ministry sought opinions of ministries and agencies about the project and had reported the findings to the prime minister.

The ministry also submitted its assessment on the project’s impacts on the local energy sector to the PM.

According to the minister, the government will consider the proposals to add the project into the National Power Development Plan VII.

For the question of National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan that when the project implementation would be started, Minister Tran Tuan Anh said that this has to depend on the government’s decision. He added that like other big projects, it was essential for the government to thoroughly consider its feasibility before licensing it.

He himself expected the project to be approved quickly to ease the country’s power shortage. He hoped that the project construction would be kicked off early next year.

Bac Lieu Province and and US-backed joint venture Energy Capital Vietnam last year signed a memorandum of understanding on developing the project. The plant with a total capacity of up to 3,200 megawatts will be built in Hoa Binh District and cover an area of 140 hectares, with 100 hectares of sea surface area and 40 hectares of land.

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