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ADB to assist waste-to-energy plants in Mekong Delta

Released at: 16:43, 02/02/2018

ADB to assist waste-to-energy plants in Mekong Delta

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Bank signs $100 million loan facility agreement to help a number of municipal waste-to-energy plants in the Delta.

by Doanh Doanh

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a $100 million loan facility agreement with China Everbright International Limited (CEIL) to help a series of municipal waste-to-energy (WTE) plants in primary and secondary cities in the Mekong Delta. 

The initiative will be the first municipal WTE public-private partnership (PPP) project in Vietnam.

“The agreement signed will be a new model to improve solid waste management in cities and also mitigate climate change by reducing methane and increasing energy generation from renewable sources,” said Mr. Christopher Thieme, Deputy Director General of the Private Sector Operations Department at ADB.

Vietnam generates more than 27.8 million tons of waste annually. Most of the waste collected is disposed of in landfills in an unhygienic manner. This poses a significant health threat to nearby communities, who are mostly urban poor. One of the most effective ways to treat and manage this increasing quantity of municipal solid waste is through WTE, which can reduce waste volumes by 90 per cent and eliminate greenhouse gas emissions while also producing energy from the heat of the waste during incineration.

ADB’s assistance will support the construction and operation of a number of WTE plants with advanced clean technologies in multiple municipalities in Vietnam. Each WTE plant will treat municipal solid waste and supply electricity to the local electricity grid. 

CEIL will develop and invest in WTE sub-projects in Vietnam to facilitate the harmless treatment, reduction, and reuse of household waste in cities and produce clean electricity.

CEIL is one of the world’s leading integrated environmental protection companies with projects spanning 18 cities and provinces in China. As at the end of 2017, it had 43 WTE projects in operation with a combined processing capacity of 39,100 tons per day and a generation capacity of about 4,300 gigawatt-hours per year.

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