Vinh Tan power station
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Vĩnh Tân power station is a proposed 6,224-megawatt (MW) coal power plant complex in Bình Thuận province, Vietnam. 1,845 MW are operating as of June 2018.
The map below shows the location where the plant is being built, in Vĩnh Tân commune, Tuy Phong district, Bình Thuận province. The sites of Vĩnh Tân-1, 2, 3, and 4 are arrayed in order from east to west.
The Vĩnh Tân power station complex is made up of four separate plants.
In July 2007, a consortium of Vinacomin and China Southern Power Grid Company received financing from the Asian Development Bank to build the two-unit, 1,200-MW Vĩnh Tân-1. Vinacomin signed a deal with two Indonesian coal mining companies in July 2008.
In December 2012, the consortium — now also joined by the China Power Investment Corporation — finally signed an deal with the Vietnamese government for the plant's construction; the plant is scheduled to come online in 2018. The two Chinese firms are providing 95% of the $1.6-$1.7 billion in capital for the plant's construction. The three companies signed a construction contract in March 2014; the two Chinese companies are apparently going to serve as the construction contractors.
In November 2017, the plant operators told the government that the plant would be completed 11 months ahead of schedule, with Unit 1 going into operation in 2018 and Unit in 2019.
In October 2009, Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) signed a construction contract with Shanghai Electric Group for the construction of the two-unit, 1,245-MW, $1.3 billion Vĩnh Tân-2. Construction work began in August 2010.
In October 2008, OneEnergy, a partnership of China's CLP Group and Japan's Mitsubishi Corporation, announced that it would be partnering with Electricity of Vietnam to build the three-unit, 1,980-MW, $1.1 billion Vĩnh Tân-3, planning on beginning construction in 2010. The project is being created by the Vinh Tan 3 Energy Joint Stock Company (VTEC), which is owned by OneEnergy Ventures Limited (a subsidiary of CLP Holdings), EVN, and Pacific Group Corporation.
In October 2013, the consortium signed a construction agreement with the Harbin Power Equipment Company; construction would begin in 2014, and the plant would go online in 2018. As of April 2015, the project's sponsors had reportedly still not yet reached final agreement with the Ministry of Industry & Trade on several issues. In October 2015 the China Development Bank reached an MoU with CLP Holdings' Vinh Tan 3 Energy Joint Stock Company on investment and financial arrangements for the Build-Operate-Transfer thermal power plant project Vinh Tan 3. Commercial operation of the first unit is planned for 2020.
According to a July 2017 report, as part of a larger restructuring of the company, EVN plans to divest ownership of Vinh Tan-3 after the project is completed.
In December 2013, Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) signed a construction agreement with the Mitsubishi Corporation and Doosan Heavy Industries (a subsidiary of the Doosan Group) to build the two-unit, 1,200-MW, $1.4 billion Vĩnh Tân-4. Construction is slated to begin in early 2014, and the plant would come online in 2017-18.
Construction began in March 2014, with Unit 1 scheduled to go online in 2017 and Unit 2 in 2018. The project is financed by both Korea Export-Import Bank and Japan Bank of International Cooperation. Toshiba Corporation won the contract to provide the plant's turbines and generators in July 2014. Construction was 30% complete as of June 2015. As of July 2016, completion of Unit 1 was scheduled for Q4 2017, and Unit 2 for Q2 2018.
In March 2017, with construction still ongoing, welders working near the flue-gas desulphurization system accidentally ignited insulation, causing a large fire that injured two workers and damaged the plant. A June 2017 EVN press release seemed to indicate that, despite the fire, construction continued to be on track to be completed according to schedule.
As of July 2017, commercial operations were expected for Unit 1 in December 2017, for Unit 2 in June 2018, and for the Extension in April 2019.
Unit 1 was completed on December 26, 2017. The second unit is planned for June 26, 2018.
Vĩnh Tân-4 mở rộng (Vinh Tan-4 extension)
The Revised Power Development Plan VII lists a 600 MW extension unit for Vinh Tan-4, scheduled for 2019. A ground-breaking ceremony on the new unit was held in April 2016. The unit is being built by EVN, with Doosan and Mitsubishi Corporation serving as construction contractors. Generators and turbines are being built by Toshiba.
Environmental Issues and Protests
In mid-April 2015 thousands of local residents blocked the National Highway No 1A in protest against coal dust pollution from the plant. Initial media reports in English gave few details of the cause of the dust pollution. However, in a statement EVN said that it would cease dumping any coal dust for the next 10 days while discussions are held with local residents. A later report stated that on the afternoon of April 14 thousands of residents blocked the highway "to protest the plant after strong winds blew an unusually large amount of coal dust into the neighborhood that day." It was reported that the protest ran for 30 hours and the highway was not cleared until 9 a.m. on April 16.
In December 2016, a trial of 12 people began in connection with the disturbances, and the group was sentenced to between six and nine months in jail. Of those sentenced, the sentences of five people were suspended.
It was reported that since the commissioning of the second unit in September last year the plant has been generating 1500 tonnes of coal ash (referred to in the article as 'slag') a day, with the transport of the waste by truck from the plant to the landfill resulting in air pollution along the way. Between the dust pollution and air pollution from the plant, residents complained of the health impacts, especially on children. The Vietnam Environment Administration fining the plant operator VND1.5 billion (US$69,510) in December 2014 for environmental violations. However, pollution problems remained. Following the protest, the company has changed the routing of the trucks, wet the loads before transport and said it would investigate using the coal ash wastes in cement.
Asiaone reported that EVN had "covered its 6,000sq.m cinder dumping ground with canvas and watered it, fully covered all its trucks carrying cinder, and began to clean the roads regularly pending construction of dedicated roads for the trucks. It had improved water supply in the dumping area and poured water on the cinder to prevent it from flying and made sure all necessary equipment to limit pollution was in working order." Asiaone reported that Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai "stressed that the Government constantly reminded all thermal power producers to limit pollution, and criticised Vinh Tan Thermal Plant No 2 for ignoring all such instructions." Hai was reported as stating that all the coal ash should be used in cement instead of being dumped. "If we can manage to collect cinder for cement production, it will both bring financial benefit and resolve the pollution problem," he said.
On April 14, 2015, thousands of residents blocked a national highway in a protest against pollution from the Vinh Tan 2 power station. On the first night of the protests, a police riot squad tried to remove what had been a peaceful protest. Police fired tear gas canisters into the protestors, and some in the crowd threw rocks and petrol bombs at the police. Dozens of protesters were injured.
In January 2016, local officials complained that ash and coal dust from the plant are blowing into their communities. In late 2016, the news media published concerns about plans for Vĩnh Tân-1 to dredge a navigable channel for barges transporting waste, with local fishery management officials arguing that the dredging and dumping of dredged soil could harm corals and other marine life in the area.
In June 2017, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment approved the dumping of a million cubic meters of mud and sand removed to deepen the dock area of the plant. Marine scientists expressed concerns over the effect of the sludge on marine ecosystems. According to the scientists, the government's assurance that the sludge would not contain toxins or radioactive materials was beside the point, since the real hazard from dumping such large amounts of sludge would be the the muddying of large areas of ocean and the effect of that muddying on photosynthesis in areas populated by 1 million organisms per square meter. Of particular concern was the 12,500 hectacre Hon Cau Marine Reserve, a spawning ground for shrimp, fish, and sea turtles, and home to 34 rare and endangered species.
In July 2017, after reports that the names of three scientists had been "impersonated" on the environmental evaluation for the sludge dumping, the Vietnam Fisheries Association submitted a written request for the dumping permit to be suspended.
In August 2017, The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment cancelled the dumping and instead came to an agreement with the Binh Thuan People's Committee to use the sludge as fill to prevent coastal erosion in another local harbor. The decision followed the submittal of thousands of names on a protest petition and an attempted march from Ho Chi Minh City to the plant site by concerned citizens.
In July 2017, EVN GENCO submitted a request for an even larger 2.4-million-cubic-meter dumping of sludge into the sea, raising further concerns of environmental impacts.
On December 15, 2017, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung visited Vinh Tan port and expressed concern over the effect of the sludge dumping on the Hon Cau Marine Reserve and the Vinh Tan shrimp breeding grounds, which play a major role in Vietnam's fishing industry. The Deputy Prime Minister called for the creation of a new joint management board to better control the project.
- Parent company:
- Phase III: CLP Holdings, EVN, and Pacific Group Corporation
- Location: Vĩnh Tân commune, Tuy Phong district, Bình Thuận province, Vietnam
- Coordinates: 11.32082, 108.80630 (exact)
- Vĩnh Tân-1: Operating (Unit 1), Construction (Unit 2)
- Vĩnh Tân-2: Operating
- Vĩnh Tân-3: Pre-permit development
- Vĩnh Tân-4: Operating (Unit 1), Construction (Unit 2)
- Vĩnh Tân-4 Extension: Construction
- Gross Capacity: 5,600 MW (1,200 MW (Vĩnh Tân-1); 1,245 MW (Vĩnh Tân-2); 1,980 MW (Vĩnh Tân-3); 1,200 MW (Vĩnh Tân-4))
- Type: Subcritical (Vĩnh Tân-1); Supercritical (Vĩnh Tân-2); Supercritical (Vĩnh Tân-3); Supercritical (Vĩnh Tân-4); Ultra-supercritical (Vĩnh Tân-4 extension)>
- Projected in service:
- Vĩnh Tân-1: Unit 1: 2018, Unit 2: 2019
- Vĩnh Tân-2: 2014
- Vĩnh Tân-3: 2022 (Unit 1), 2023 (Units 2-3)
- Vĩnh Tân-4: Q4 2017 (Unit 1), Q2 2018 (Unit 2)
- Vĩnh Tân-4 Extension: 2019
- Coal Type: Vinh Tan 1 and 2: Domestic Anthracite; Vinh Tan 3: Mixture of domestic bituminous coal and bituminous coal from Indonesia and Australia shipped in 100,000 DWT vessels; Vinh Tan 4: bituminous/sub-bituminous coal from Indonesia and Australia
- Coal Source: PT Berau and Maintime (Indonesia) (Vĩnh Tân-1); Imported (Vĩnh Tân-3 Unit 1)
- Source of financing: Asian Development Bank and Export-Import Bank of China, China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure), and China Development Bank (Vĩnh Tân-1); Export-Import Bank of China, Vietnam Development Bank (Vĩnh Tân-2); China Development Bank and CLP Holdings (Vĩnh Tân-3); Export-Import Bank of Korea, Korea Trade Insurance Corporation, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (Vĩnh Tân-4)
Articles and resources
- "Vinacomin signs up Vinh Tan coal", (Coal) gossip (blog), July 11, 2008.
- BOT Contract Signed for Vinh Tan 1 Thermoelectric Plant, talkvietnam, Dec. 27, 2012.
- Signing BOT Contract for Vinh Tan 1 Thermal Power Plant, Vietnam Ministry of Industry & Trade press release, Dec. 12, 2013.
- Chinese Plug Into Local Power, Indochina Energy, 21 June 2013.
- EPC Contract signing ceremony of Vinh Tan 1 BOT Coal-fired power plant project, Binh Thuan, 28 Mar. 2014.
- Work starts on $1.75bn Chinese-owned thermal power plant in Vietnam, Tuoi Tre News, 19 July 2015.
- Kiểm tra tiến độ xây dựng Dự án BOT Nhà máy nhiệt điện Vĩnh Tân 1, Tong Cuc Nang Luong website, 23 Aug. 2016.
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- Vinh Tan Power Plant Receives Funding Injection, Nhân Dân, Dec. 24, 2013.
- Vinh Tan 4 Thermal Power Plant's Contract Inked, talkvietnam, Dec. 24, 2013.
- Doosan to Construct Coal-fired Power Plant in Vietnam, BusinessKorea, 7 Feb. 2014.
- Beginning the construction of Vinh Tan 4 Thermal power Plant, Vietnam Energy, 13 Mar. 2014.
- Toshiba Wins Major Order in Vietnam for Coal-Fired Power Generation Project, Toshiba press release, 17 July 2014.
- Successful Installation of Boiler Main Girder of Vinh Tan 4 Power Plant, Vietnam Energy, 18 June 2015.
- Máy biến áp chính Tổ máy 1 Nhiệt điện Vĩnh Tân 4 vừa đóng nhận điện thành công, EVN press release, 20 July 2016.
- Hỏa hoạn ở nhà máy Nhiệt điện Vĩnh Tân 4, VN Express, 7 Mar. 2017.
- Cháy nhà máy nhiệt điện Vĩnh Tân 4: Triệu tập nhà thầu Hàn Quốc, 24Gio, 8 Mar. 2017.
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- "Vinh Tan 4 Thermal Power Plant Under Construction In Binh Thuan, Vietnam," Global Power Journal, 12 July 2017
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- "Groundbreaking Vinh Tan 4 Thermal Power Project Extension," Vietnam Energy, 26/04/2016
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- "Cháy tại Nhà máy Nhiệt điện Vĩnh Tân," RFA, 3 July 2017
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- Bob Burton, "What big coal’s happy-clappers missed about Vietnam’s growing coal headache," RenewEconomy, Apr 27, 2015
- Nhiệt điện Vĩnh Tân 2 “trêu ngươi” tỉnh Bình Thuận, Lao Dong, 26 Jan. 2016.
- Nhà máy nhiệt điện Vĩnh Tân 1 xin đổ 1,5 triệu m3 chất thải ra biển, Lao Dong, 3 Nov. 2016.
- Lan Huong, "The risk of damaging the marine environment from the sludge of Vinh Tan 1," RFA, 1 July 2017
- "https://thanhnien.vn/kinh-doanh/ho-so-nhan-chim-1-trieu-m3-bun-thai-mao-danh-nhieu-nha-khoa-hoc-857980.html "Hồ sơ nhận chìm 1 triệu m3 bùn thải: Mạo danh nhiều nhà khoa học," Thanh Niên, 22 July 2017
- "Vietnam Scraps Controversial Plan to Dump Sediment in Sea Off Binh Thuan," Radio Free Asia, 9 August 2017
- "Vietnam Electricity subsidiary asks to dump 2.4 million m³ of ‘matter’ into sea," Tuoi Tre News, 9 July 2017
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