Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung talked to reporters while touring the Nhan Co alumina plant. (Photo: VNA)

Dak Nong (VNA)
– Environmental protection and community health must be given priority during the operation of the Nhan Co alumina plant in the Central Highland province of Dak Nong, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung said.

Dung made the request at a working visit on January 12 to the plant, the country’s first alumina production project, which is invested by the Vietnam National Coal-Mineral Industries Holding Corporation Limited (Vinacomin).

The Government leader commended Vinacomin on selecting advanced technology for both production and waste treatment for the plant.

He noted that the plant has contributed significantly to economic growth in the Central Highlands in general and Dak Nong in particular, creating jobs for local residents.

With a total investment surpassing 16.8 trillion VND (739.2 million USD), the Nhan Co project consists of the Nhan Co alumina plant and bauxite mining, with a capacity of approximately 650,000 tonnes of alumina annually.

The Nhan Co plant is now in trial run and is scheduled to be handed over to Vinacomin within the first quarter of 2017.

As of January 11, it produced 67.301 tonnes of hydrate and 21,828 tonnes of alumina in total.

The plant shipped 100 tonnes of hydrate to the Republic of Korea in December 2016 and another 100 tonnes to Japan in early January.-VNA