Central province to build ‘carbon free’ islands

Friday, Nov 15, 2019 17:06

An overview of Ly Son Islands, off the coast of Quang Ngai Province. The province and partners from Korea and Viet Nam agreed to build the islands as the first carbon free Island in Viet Nam. — Photo courtesy Bui Van Trung

Quang Ngai's People's Committee on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SK Innovation Company, Doosan Heavy Industries, Ingine Company from Korea, and Vingroup on the Non-Carbon Island Initiative for the province.

The province said the MoU will take effect until the end of 2021.

Following the MoU, the province will boost cooperation and support for Korean partners and Vingroup in completing the process of surveying project in Ly Son Islands, 30km off the coast of the province.

SK Innovation Company (SKI) will implement the ‘Non-carbon island initiative’ projects, including the distribution of eco-friendly items for the province.

Doosan Heavy Industries will be actively involved in the project in terms of building the reverse osmosis (RO) desalination plants, while Ingine company will provide wave-to-energy technology for the Ly Son Islands district.

Vingroup, as a Vietnamese business partner of the project, will supply environmentally-friendly vehicles associated with the battery system and charging stations that are manufactured and installed by the VinFast Manufacturing and Trading Company – a subsidiary of Vingroup.

In a working session with the province in September, Korean partners agreed to generate electricity from sea waves with the capacity of 100KW donating for An Binh Islet with an estimated cost of US$1 million.

The MoU aims to build Ly Son Islands and An Binh Islet as the first ‘zero carbon’ islands in central Viet Nam.

Ly Son Islands, a popular eco-tour site in Viet Nam, with a population of 22,000, hosts nearly 300,000 tourists each year.

In 2017, the Islands debuted the first solar power system, supplying power 24 hours a day for 400 islanders living in An Binh Islet.

An Binh Islet – three miles from Ly Son Islands – started using fresh water from a specially-built desalination station with funding from Korean Heavy Industries Doosan Vina in 2012.

Ly Son Islands connected to the national grid in 2014. — VNS

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