Vietnam refinery permitted to discharge wastewater into sea


Updated : 05/04/2017 12:27 GMT + 7

A north-central Vietnamese province has given the green light for an under-construction oil refinery to release treated wastewater directly into the sea for the next ten months.

The Thanh Hoa administration confirmed on Wednesday that it had granted a wastewater discharge license to the Nghi Son Refinery & Petrochemical LLC (NSRP), the developer of the Nghi Son refinery.

The license entitles NSRP to the approval to release wastewater produced during the facility’s cleaning and trial-run processes into the near-shore waters off Hai Yen Commune, Tinh Gia District for a ten-month period ending February 28, 2018.

The allowable volumes of water discharged range from 480 cubic meters to 500 cubic meters per 24-hour period, according to the approval document signed by the provincial deputy chairman Nguyen Duc Quyen.

NSRP is required to meet all standards of wastewater treatment and regularly monitor the discharge. Should the developer fail to meet the required standards, it will be forced to cease dumping the wastewater and be held legally responsible.

The Thanh Hoa environment department and Tinh Gia administration have been tasked with overseeing the refinery’s wastewater release.

The US$9.3 billion Nghi Son refinery broke ground in October 2013 and had initially been scheduled for completion by December 31, 2016.

Nguyen Van Thi, head of the management board of all industrial parks in Thanh Hoa, said the months-long delay of the refinery’s completion did not result in any serious consequences.

“Construction work took longer than expected, but that isn’t an issue in the EPC [Engineering, Procurement, and Construction] contract,” Thi was quoted by Dan Tri (Intellectual) newswire as saying.

The official said the Nghi Son refinery is scheduled to produce its first batch of products during a test run in July and officially begin operations in October.

The Nghi Son refinery is located along Vietnam’s central coast, some 150km north of the Taiwanese-developed Formosa steel mill in Ha Tinh Province.

The Formosa facility is responsible for dumping improperly treated wastewater directly into the ocean, resulting in massive fish deaths along the coast last year.

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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