Zinc Oxide Corporation Vietnam begins construction of a steel furnace dust recycling factory in Ba Ria - Vung Tau. (Photo: Thanh Nien)

Ba Ria – Vung Tau (VNA) – Zinc Oxide Corporation Vietnam JSC began construction of a 120-million-USD steel furnace dust recycling factory at Phu My 3 Industrial Park in southern Ba Ria – Vung Tau province on January 23.

The 8.7-hectare facility will use a rotary hearth furnace (RHF) to recycle about 100,000 tonnes of steel furnace dust annually from steel production. The dust will be used to make zinc oxide, lead, silver and cinder for cement production.

The project is expected to be operational in May next year.

Ba Ria – Vung Tau is home to many large steel factories, accounting for about 70 percent of Vietnam’s output. Six steel mills in the province generate an estimated 45,000 tonnes of dust every year, raising great concerns over pollution in recent years.

Zinc Oxide Corporation Vietnam JSC is a joint venture between Korea Zinc from the Republic of Korea and Zincox from the United Kingdom.-VNA