Japan firm to build $100-million waste incinerator

Japan’s Hitachi Zosen is carrying out a feasibility study for a waste-to-power project in HCMC with a processing capacity of 1,000 tons per day and a total investment of around $100 million.

Speaking to the Daily on the sidelines of a meeting between leaders of HCMC and Osaka on Thursday, Masanori Tsukahara from Hitachi Zosen said that the firm was looking into HCMC’s waste and would apply for an investment certificate in the following year, he added.

Hitachi Zosen has constructed nearly 200 plants of this kind in Japan and is operating nearly 50 plants.

According to Dao Anh Kiet, director of the HCMC Department of Natural Resources and Environment, HCMC has attracted investments in projects of incinerating waste and generating power over the past time, but no projects have been implemented so far.

Nguyen Trung Viet, head of the Office of Solid Waste Management under the department, said that the city discharged 10,000-11,000 tons of solid waste, with households accounting for around 7,500 tons.

If the scheme of classifying waste works, the city will reuse 90-95pct of the solid waste volume, and 70% of the reused waste volume is used to generate energy and produce compost and bio-fertilizer. This can help reduce the pollution caused by odor and wastewater seepage from landfills.

The HCMC Department of Natural Resources and Environment and Osaka City will organize a seminar on the system of managing solid waste and generating energy today.

Source SGT