VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnamese officials disagree with experts about the danger that coal power plants could bring, saying that power plants are safe if necessary operation procedures are followed. The work by a research team from Harvard University on the possible impact on human health by the increased emissions from coal pointed out that 4,300 Vietnamese die young every year because of reasons related to coal power plants.Dat Viet … [Read more...] about How dangerous are coal power plants?
VietNamNet Bridge - Scientists are concerned that coal power plants would still provide 50 percent of the nation’s total electricity output in the future. Vietnamese state agencies have been insisting on the necessity of continued development of coal power plants, affirming that this is the best solution for Vietnam as coal power is cheaper than wind and nuclear power. However, scientists have argued that coal power is not as cheap as thought, saying that the price Vietnam has to pay for coal power would be very high if counting all the expenses related to social and environment problems. Nguyen Thu Trang, a coordinator of VSEA (Vietnam Sustainable Energy Alliance), said in the future, coal power plants would still make up 50 percent of the nation’s total electricity output, and this has raised big concerns about waste sources from the plants, which would cause air and water pollution, and a negative impact on people’s health and living organisms near the … [Read more...] about Scientists recommend fewer coal power plants
VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnamese have to breathe the polluted air caused not only by domestic thermal power plants, but also from plants in the southern part of China. Phung Chi Sy, director of the Environmental Technology Center (ENTEC), noted that coal thermal power plants inevitably cause air pollution and this is the heavy price Vietnam has to pay to continue developing coal power plants to satisfy the increasingly high demand for electricity. The exhaust gas from power plants such as NOx and SO2 can affect human respiratory system and even cause cancer. Meanwhile, according to Pham Ngoc Dang, director of the Center for Urban Environment and Industry, more than 50 percent of the coal power plants in Vietnam use Chinese technologies which are outdated, consume more fuel and last a shorter time than technologies from Japan and Germany. Chinese technologies also do not thoroughly treat the power plants’ waste to the environment. Dang pointed out that outdated Chinese … [Read more...] about Vietnam affected by pollution from local, Chinese coal power plants
VietNamNet Bridge - After Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said that Vietnam will not develop more coal hydropower plants, environmental organizations released statements lauding the decision.Under the seventh electricity development plan, which is going to be adjusted, coal power plants would account for 35.1 percent of total electricity capacity by 2015, while hydropower plants 33.6 percent. By 2020, the coal power plants would churn out 44.7 percent of total capacity, or nearly 30,000 MW. The figure would be 56.1 percent. related news Thermopower plants’ fate questionable as Vietnam tries to reduce greenhouse gas emissionsVietnam fears it may not seek coal suppliesThermopower plant projects double attractiveThien Nhien … [Read more...] about Vietnam vows not to open more coal power plants
VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnam will have to spend big money to deal with the consequences, including pollution, caused by coal thermal power plants, scientists have said. relate news MOIT: Coal-run thermal power plants still only choice in Vietnam Dr. Nguyen Xuan Khien, former head of the Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources, considering the pros and cons of coal power plant development, warned that such costs could be even higher than the amount of money needed to develop clean energy sources. According to Khien, at the mining sites in Quang Ninh province, coal is exploited under a closed conveyor system which connects the exploitation places and means of transport, while water is sprayed to reduce dust. Vietnam still cannot utilize other modern technologies because of financial limitations. “Methane exists at mines which may cause fatal accidents if methane cannot be treated well. After long rainy days, water cracking accidents may occur at old mining … [Read more...] about Scientists warn of dangers of coal power plants