US$ 4.5 billion thermo-electric power plant built in Nam Dinh

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Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai, has given approval to the project of a thermo-power plant, based in Nam Dinh, at the cost of US$ 4.5 billion. Expected to be in operation for 25 years, the power plant will be built by Korea's Taekwang Vina Industrial Company, the BOT contractor of investor Hashinco. Located on an area of 251ha in Hai Hau district, the first phase of the power plant, capable of 1,200MW, will be completed by 2017 and its capacity will be doubled by 2021 when the second phase will be completed. At present, Taekwang Vina is negotiating with relevant agencies to secure reasonable electricity prices. Source: Vnexpress Translated by Hoang Anh … [Read more...]

Nam Dinh vows to support RoK investor in power project

The authorities of the northern province of Nam Dinh pledged to help the Republic of Korea's Taekwang Vina Industrial Company to solve difficulties and speed up the implementation of its thermo-electric power project in Hai Hau district. Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Nguyen Van Tuan made the affirmation at a working session with Taekwang Chief Representative Park Hyang Soo on September 6. According to the provincial leader, the project has seen many favourable conditions as it won the backing of local people and the Government's approval for its purchase of domestic coal. He suggested Taekwang immediately inform the province about any difficulty so that the two sides can work together to deal with it. The RoK company submitted a pre-feasibility plan for the project in January this year and hopes to receive a license by the end of 2012. The Nam Dinh thermoelectric power plant, with a total investment of US$4.5 billion, will be built in Hai Chau and … [Read more...]

Traffic on national highway in Vietnam resumed after locals remove barriers

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Traffic on National Highway 1A in the south-central province of Binh Thuan returned to normal on Thursday after locals agreed to remove the barricades to block the road in protest at the Vinh Tan 2 thermal power plant causing air pollution. All obstacles were cleared at 9:00 am yesterday after traffic police and local authorities succeeded in negotiating with the people. Local residents started blocking the section of the road in Binh Tan Commune in Tuy Phong District on Wednesday, causing trucks to get in line dozens of kilometers long on two ways in the area. Authorities pledged to force the Vinh Tan 2 plant to stop worsening pollution and clean the atmosphere within ten days. Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai ordered state-owned power firm Electricity of Vietnam, which supervises the power plant, to stop discharging dust into residential areas. Le Minh Do, a person in Vinh Phuc Hamlet in Vinh Tan, said that he and hundreds of other local families have suffered from … [Read more...]

French foreign trade minister wraps visit to Vietnam to foster tourism, high-tech cooperation

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Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad under France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, has just concluded a two-day visit to Vietnam in a bid to boost cooperation with Vietnam in tourism and information technology. On Wednesday, Minister Fekl met with Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai at the 3rd annual Vietnam-France high-level economic dialogue, chaired by the French minister and the Vietnamese deputy minister of planning and investment, in Hanoi to review the two sides’ trade ties and seek new approaches to the promotion of their coordination. Yesterday was the last day of the French official’s visit. The French minister expressed his hope that the two nations would further their cooperation in aviation, satellite supply, energy, and infrastructure. Also in the capital, Minister Fekl joined a ceremony to sign an agreement between the French Embassy in Vietnam and … [Read more...]

Agricultural restructuring steering committee established

The Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung, has decided to form a steering committee to help the government guide the national agricultural restructuring period from 2015-2020. Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has been appointed as head of the committee, Minister of Agricultural and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat as deputy head and representatives from relevant ministries as members. Involved agencies have been asked to make their specialist recommendations to the Prime Minister about measures to overcome restructuring obstacles and to mobilise the public to take part in the crucial work. The move to restructure agriculture was ratified by the PM in June 2013. The aim is to create higher added value for agricultural products and ensure the sustainable development of the agricultural sector.-VNA … [Read more...]

Press digest – April 15

Kien Giang urged to promote external relations Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has asked the southern province of Kien Giang to boost external relations, including those with Cambodian provinces along the shared border and ASEAN member countries. Deputy PM Minh made the statement during a meeting with Kien Giang province’s leaders on local socio-economic development, external affairs andborder demarcation. Minh also assigned relevant agencies to study and suggest raised allowances for demarcation officers, then report to the PM for a final decision. VN cuts import tariffs on oil products Viet Nam cut import taxes levied on oil products from countries which it does not have free trade agreements with, effective on April 15, the Ministry of Finance said. Import tariffs on gasoline and kerosene have been cut to 20% from 35%, diesel to 20% from 30%, fuel oil to 25% from 35%, and to 10% for jet fuel from 25% previously. The adjustment aimed at preventing an … [Read more...]

Deputy PM urges Vietnam – France trade ties

Vietnam and France should review their trade ties and seek new approaches to boost cooperation, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai said. Speaking at an April 15 reception in Hanoi for Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Deputy PM Hai hailed the results of the 3 rd annual Vietnam-France high-level economic dialogue. He suggested that the two sides accelerate the implementation of joint agreements, including the "Vietnam Natural Resources, Environment and Disaster–monitoring Satellite" (VNREDSat-1); the Hanoi railway project (Nhon-Hanoi Station section); and the MoU between GDF Suez and Vietnam National Oil and Gas (PetroVietnam) group. For his part, Fekl briefed the Deputy PM on the results from working with the Ministry of Planning and Investment. He expressed his hope that the two nations would boost their cooperation in aviation, … [Read more...]

Vietnam Expo 2015 opens in Hanoi

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Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai at the event. (Photo: VNA) The 25th Vietnam Expo 2015 kicked off on April 15 in Hanoi as witnessed by Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai and representatives from the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Event participants include more than 600 exhibitors from over 28 countries and territories worldwide showcasing 720 booths, 312 of which from local firms including Hanoi Trade Corporation (Hapro) and the Vietnam Electrical Equipment Joint Stock Corporation (GELEX). Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Do Thang Hai said the event aims to create opportunities for businesses to partner with both domestic and international enterprises to improve export growth and attract foreign investment. Themed "Cooperation towards the ASEAN Economic Community", the event contributes to the export growth of domestic businesses into markets in the region and the world, according to Bui Huy Son, Director of the Ministry’s … [Read more...]

Deputy PM affirmed closer Vietnam-France cooperation

(VOV) - On April 15, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai hosted a reception for French Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad Matthias Fekl currently working visit to Vietnam. At the meeting, Deputy PM Hai appreciated the results of the third high-level annual Vietnam-France economic dialogue under the chairmanship of Matthias Fekl and the Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment. Hai described the dialogue as an opportune occasion for both sides to review and examine ways to promote stronger future cooperation. The Deputy PM suggested the two sides should accelerate the implementation of joint projects such as a project on small satellites observing natural resources, the environment and natural disasters, a Nhon - Hanoi railway station urban railway project and a cooperation project between France’s GDF Suez group and the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PVN). Matthias Fekl in turn briefed his host on … [Read more...]

Deputy PM affirms closer Vietnam-France cooperation

(VOV) - On April 15, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai hosted a reception for French Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad Matthias Fekl currently on a working visit to Vietnam. At the meeting, Deputy PM Hai appreciated the results of the third high-level annual Vietnam-France economic dialogue under the chairmanship of Matthias Fekl and the Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment. Hai described the dialogue as an opportune occasion for both sides to review and examine ways to promote stronger future cooperation. The Deputy PM suggested the two sides should accelerate the implementation of joint projects such as a project on small satellites observing natural resources, the environment and natural disasters, a Nhon - Hanoi railway station urban railway project and a cooperation project between France’s GDF Suez group and the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PVN). Matthias Fekl in turn briefed his host … [Read more...]

Globaltrans Air licence granted

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Government agrees to grant a business licence to Globaltrans Air JSC to operate as a general aviation service provider for helicopters. — Photo kinhdoanhnet HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has authorised the Ministry of Transport (MoT) to grant a business licence to Globaltrans Air JSC to operate as a general aviation service provider for helicopters. The licence has been granted following a proposal by the MoT after approval from the Ministry of National Defence, the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A representative from the Civil Aviation Authority of Viet Nam (CAAV) said Globaltrans Air met all the necessary requirements to operate as a general aviation service provider. The company was wstablished in July 2014 in HCM City with charter capital of VND100 billion (US$4.7 million). Since then, Globaltrans has set up highly-trained aircraft operation and maintenance teams to guarantee security and … [Read more...]

Globaltrans Air to become 4th general aviation service provider in VN

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has authorised the Ministry of Transport (MoT) to grant a business licence to the Globaltrans Air JSC in order to operate as a general aviation service provider. The license is granted in accordance with the proposal from the MoT after a consensus from the Ministry of National Defence, the Ministry of Public Security, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A representative from the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) said Globaltrans Air meets all necessary requirements to operate as a general aviation service provider. Established in July 2014 in HCM City, with charter capital of VND 100 billion (US$4.7 million), the airline signed a contract to buy two Beach Craft King Air B200. Since then, Globaltrans has set up highly-trained aircraft operation and maintenance teams to guarantee security and safety. Globaltrans Air has now become the fourth business to operate in the general aviation industry within Vietnam. Others include the … [Read more...]

Globaltrans Air to become 4th general aviation service provider

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(VOV) - Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has authorised the Ministry of Transport (MoT) to grant a business licence to the Globaltrans Air JSC in order to operate as a general aviation service provider. The license is granted in accordance with the proposal from the MoT after a consensus from the Ministry of National Defence, the Ministry of Public Security, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A representative from the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) said Globaltrans Air meets all necessary requirements to operate as a general aviation service provider. Established in July 2014 in HCM City, with charter capital of VND 100 billion (US$4.7 million), the airline signed a contract to buy two Beach Craft King Air B200. Since then, Globaltrans has set up highly-trained aircraft operation and maintenance teams to guarantee security and safety. Globaltrans Air has now become the fourth business to operate in the general aviation industry within Vietnam. Others include … [Read more...]

Disaster warning system for northeast approved

A meteorologist checks weather forecasting equipment. The Government has approved a South Korean-funded project to modernise the natural disaster warning system at the northeastern region's hydro-meteorological centre.

VietNamNet Bridge – The Government has approved a project to modernise the natural disaster warning and forecast system at the northeastern region's hydro-meteorological centre, with the help of non-refundable aid from South Korea. The project aims to improve hydro-meteorological monitoring and forecasting by upgrading the centre's infrastructure and providing intensive training for personnel. The project is expected to take 36 months, with investment of US$3.97 million from South Korea and more than VND9.66 billion ($46,000) from the Vietnamese Government. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has assigned the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to collect opinions from the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the Ministry of Finance on the project. Sea dyke priority Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has asked relevant authorities to set up plans responding to super storms and hurricanes. Hai asked the central steering committee on natural disaster prevention … [Read more...]

MOIT urged to speed up BOT power projects

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NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has asked the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) to thoroughly review the implementation of build-operate-transfer (BOT) power projects in order to speed up tasks to meet the current demand for socio-economic development. Deputy PM Hai made the statement during an April 13 meeting with relevant agencies to review and seek measures to boost BOT power projects. Negotiations for projects, which are in the preparatory period, should be sped up to fulfill the set targets for 2015 while Nghi Son 2, Nam Dinh, Hai Duong and Vinh Tan 1 projects should move into new phases, the official said. He asked relevant agencies to continue building and improving documents to create an appropriate legal framework and favourable conditions for the projects’ realisation. The country currently has 20 large-scale BOT thermal power projects with a total capacity of 24,000 MW, in which Phu My 2.2 and Phu My 3 thermal power plants and the first … [Read more...]

Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh visits Tay Ninh province

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(VOVworld) - Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh inspected activities of the one-stop shop at Moc Bai Border Economic Zone in Tay Ninh province on Monday. He said, being Vietnam’s only border province crossing the Asian Highway, Tay Ninh has advantages for implementing the ones-stop model. Visiting Vam Trang Trau border station, Mr. Minh praised the soldiers for organizing a range of activities to improve friendly relations with Cambodian border provinces and ensure social security and order. In other news, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai chaired a meeting with functional agencies on measures to speed up the progress of BOT (built-opeate-transfer) projects. He underscored the need to mobilize social resources for infrastructure and energy projects and assigned the Ministry of Industry and Trade to review BOT projects to ensure progress. … [Read more...]

Social News 13/4

Five fishermen rescued off coast of Da Nang Five Vietnamese fishermen were rescued on Saturday off the coast of Da Nang after their boat lost power at sea. The fishing boat, from Binh Dinh Province, was adrift for hours after the engine broke down on the seas off Da Nang around 3am. A search and rescue ship was sent and found the fishing ship six hours later, before taking the fishermen and the boat safety home on Saturday evening. The crew members were unharmed. Food firm found guilty of unhygienic practise Investigation by the Viet Nam Food Administration under the Ministry of Health has shown that the Phu Nhat Hao Catering Company did not ensure food hygiene and safety, said Nguyen Hung Long, deputy director of the administration. The Phu Nhat Hao Company, in the southern province of Binh Duong, used the same vehicle to carry waste as it did to transport food to schools, Long said. On April 9, 16 students at Vo Thi Sau Primary School were hospitalised after having meals … [Read more...]

Over $2 bln to build Song Hau 1 thermoelectricity plant

The Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam ) and the Vietnam Lilama Mechanical Corporation (Lilama) signed an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for the Song Hau 1 thermoelectricity plant project in Hanoi on April 10. Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai requested the investor and contractor cooperate effectively, particularly in manpower selection in order to meet work demand. The plant has a total investment capital of over 43 trillion VND (2.05 billion USD), covering an area of 115 hectares. The coal used for the plant will be imported from Australia or Indonesia. The plant has total capacity of 1,200 MW and will serve as a subsidiary of the Song Hau Electrical Centre in Chau Thanh district, the southern province of Hau Giang. The work is one of major projects under the National Electrical Development Plan from 2011-2020, approved by the Prime Minister. The plant is one of three thermoelectricity factories of the … [Read more...]

PetroVietnam, Lilama to build new plant

PetroVietnam and Lilama sign a contract last Friday to develop the Song Hau 1 thermoelectric plant in the southern province of Hau Giang. — File Photo HA NOI (Biz Hub) — The Viet Nam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) and the Viet Nam Machinery Installation Corporation (Lilama) signed a contract last Friday to develop the Song Hau 1 thermoelectric plant in the southern province of Hau Giang. PetroVietnam is to be the investor. With this "EPC" contract, Lilama is committed to carrying out the engineering, procurement and construction phases. The factory has a total investment capital of more than VND43 trillion (US$2.05 billion) and will cover an area of some 115 hectares in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province's Chau Thanh District. The facility belongs to the Song Hau Electricity Centre, and will generate a total capacity of 1,200 megawatts (MW) with two turbines. It is expected to come into operation in 2019 and supply about 7.8 billion kilowatt-hours per year for the … [Read more...]

Social News 12/4

WB project helps Hanoi cut red tape surrounding land use rights Hanoi has accelerated the process of granting land use rights, with more than 40,500 certificates issued for commercial housing projects in 2014. The result is attributable to the implementation of the World Bank-funded Vietnam Land Administration Project (VLAP) across Dan Phuong, Quoc Oai and Ung Hoa districts since 2008. To date, the project has processed the registration for 404,481 out of 454,480 local plots and granted 260,418 land use rights certificates. The VLAP aims to increase stakeholder access to land information services by developing an improved land administration system in selected provinces. The objective is to ensure that land users, including businesses and households, have access to more efficient, reliable, and transparent services from local land administrators. The municipal VLAP management board is completing a package deal to build digital data for all plots across 66 participating communes and … [Read more...]