The NA delegation inspects the Tan Rai Alumina Plant in Lam Dong province on March 15 (Photo: VNA)
Lam Dong (VNA)
– A delegation of the
National Assembly (NA) inspected bauxite ore mining projects of the Vietnam
National Coal and Mineral Industries Group (Vinacomin) in the Central Highlands
on March 15.
In Lam Dong province, the delegation examined
the mining site and production processes in Bao Lam district, especially the
management and treatment of hazardous chemicals during the alumina production
process at the Tan Rai Alumina Plant of Vinacomin’s Lam Dong Aluminum Co. Ltd.
They paid special attention to environmental
rehabilitation at former mining areas and red mud treatment.
Nguyen Tien Manh, Deputy General Director of
Vinacomin, reported that the bauxite projects in Lam Dong and neighbouring Dak
Nong province have spent 40 billion VND (1.7 million USD) on environmental
In 2020, the two projects exploited more than
1.4 million tonnes of alumina, generating nearly 9.46 trillion VND in revenue,
which has considerably contributed to the State budget, he noted.
The Lam Dong Aluminum Company said it mined over
3.61 million tonnes of crude ore last year, equivalent to 707,200 tonnes of
alumina, earning nearly 2.74 trillion VND in revenue and paying about 241
billion VND to the State budget.
It has carried out most the NA working group’s
recommendations issued during an inspection visit in February 2018, including
building dust and exhaust treatment facilities, installing three automatic
wastewater monitoring stations, conducting environmental rehabilitation on
about 100ha of land, and constructing a rainwater collection and drainage
Meanwhile, the Dak Nong Aluminum Company under
Vinacomin noted almost 4.5 million tonnes of crude ore, equal to 715,268 tonnes
of alumina, was mined in 2020. The business earned 2.9 trillion VND in revenue
and contributed 410.6 billion VND to the State budget.
The firm also highlighted its good performance
in following four of the seven recommendations made by the NA delegation three
years ago, including completing legal procedures, installing automatic
wastewater minoring stations, setting up a hazardous waste warehouse, and
dealing with dust in the mining and production areas. The other recommendations
about dealing with odour from the coal residue dumping ground, building a red
mud storing lake, and planting trees in the mining and production areas are
At the working session, Chairman of the NA’s
Committee for Science, Technology and Environment Phan Xuan Dung said despite
difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the bauxite projects in Lam Dong
and Dak Nong exploited over 1.4 million tonnes of alumina equivalent and
brought about profits of 320 billion VND last year.
In particular, he noted, they have helped ensure
livelihoods for 1,000 workers with average monthly income of 12 million VND,
affirming the Party and State’s right policy on bauxite exploitation in the
He also spoke highly of the two companies
following the NA delegation’s recommendations, asking them to push ahead with
those efforts, apply scientific advances to turn waste into resources for
social development, and quickly upgrade technology at the two alumina plants./.