No more new coal-fired thermal power plants for Mekong Delta by 2030

March 05, 2022 | 11:29
There will be no more new coal-fired thermal power plants licensed in the Mekong Delta region by 2030, except for the ones currently under construction.
No more new coal-fired thermal power plants for Mekong Delta by 2030
The Vung Ang III thermal power plant will be completed in 2026-2027

Accordingly, except for the currently constructed coal-fired power projects – namely the Duyen Hai II (Tra Vinh province), Long Phu I (Soc Trang province), and Song Hau I (Hau Giang) – the region will focus on the development of wind power on Ca Mau peninsula and solar power, while considering the development of gas-to-power projects in Bac Lieu, Kien Giang, and Long An after 2030.

This is part of the Mekong Delta's regional planning for 2021-2030, with a vision towards 2050, approved by the government on February 28.

The total area will cover Can Tho city and the 12 provinces Long An, Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Dong Thap, Vinh Long, Tra Vinh, Hau Giang, An Giang, Soc Trang, Kien Giang, Bạc Lieu, and Ca Mau; as well as the coastal areas of Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Tra Vinh, Soc Trang, Bac Liau, Ca Mau, and Kien Giang provinces.

The goal is to develop the regional economy and agriculture sustainably and with high-tech applications.

The regional economy is aimed to expand 6.5 per cent annually on average. In 2030, agro-forestry-fishery will contribute about 20 per cent to the regional GRDP, while industry and construction will contribute 32 per cent.

By 2030, the region aims to develop 830km of expressways; about 4,000km of national highways; four airports; 13 seaports; and inland waterway cargo and passenger ports.

The region also aims to increase the proportion of fishery, and fruits, and reduce that of rice; increase attention to developing processing and supporting industry; and develop into a famous destination for ecotourism by developing tourism areas.

By Bich Thuy

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