The Vietnamese Ministry of Construction has proposed the government not allow Nghi Son Cement Corporation to build a cement plant in Ho Chi Minh City.
The plant is unsuitable with the government-approved cement development planning until 2010 and a vision through 2020, under which the construction of new cement blast furnace plants and grinding stations that are far from domestic clinker production stations will be banned, the Dau Tu newspaper reported Friday, citing the ministry.
In fact, the plant is a separate cement grinding station with an annual capacity of 1.2Mt of cement to be located in Hiep Phuoc commune, Nha Be district that is far from the corporation’s main clinker production base in Tinh Gia district, Thanh Hoa province, the MoC said.
Nghi Son has been operating a cement store in Hiep Phuoc commune to supply the product for the southern region and the capacity of its plant in Thanh Hoa province reaches 4.3Mta, the ministry noted.
The MoC added that Ho Chi Minh City has so far reported no cement production plants but it now has 12 cement grinding stations and some underway projects with a combined capacity of 11.33Mt, which will meet the city’s demand and partly feed some neighbouring provinces.
In addition, the ministry forecast Vietnam’s cement surplus will be two million tons this year and be higher in the next years. Therefore, the government should not approve Nghi Son’s cement project in Hiep Phuoc commune, the MoC proposed.