Quảng Ninh scraps chemical factory plan; VNN

Viet Nam – Ha Long Bay

Authorities have rejected an investor’s proposal to build a chemical factory near the UNESCO World Heritage Site Hạ Long Bay in the northern province of Quảng Ninh.

The project was proposed by Tân Tiến trading business and production limited company, which is headquartered in Hà Nội.

The economic zone management committee of Quảng Ninh Province’s People’s Committee rejcted the construction of the factory which was projected to annually manufacture 20,000 tonnes of Sodium hydroxide along with 20,000 tonnes of powder Poly Aluminium Chloride (PAC) and 3,600 tonnes of Javen (Natri hypochlorit) bleach.

The project was proposed to be located near Cửa Lục River which flows into Hạ Long Bay. Tourism agencies and planning, environmental experts have been worried that environmental incidents might occur and hurt the province’s tourism and service sector.

The committee will carry out investment procedures at another location if the company is still willing to invest in the factory.

The decision was made after the provincial economic zone management committee worked with the project’s investor, the ministries of natural resources, environment, industry and trade, scientists and local authorities.

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