Rice husks can be turned into energy (Photo: VNA)

Soc Trang (VNA) – A consultation workshop on biomass energy planning in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang by 2020, with a vision to 2030, was held in the province on January 25.

The event was co-organised by the provincial Department of Industry and Trade and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).

Deputy Director of the department Le Thach Thanh said Soc Trang boasts huge advantages in agro-forestry development, which provides sources of biomass energy.

Biomass energy planning plays a significant role in promoting the province’s efficient use of biomass sources for electricity production in combination with agricultural development and improvement of local people’s livelihoods.

A biomass power plant of 12 MW using bagasse has been put into operation in the province while three new thermo power plants and wind turbines will be built in the coming time.

At the workshop, consulting agencies introduced legal framework for biomass planning, along with methodology, procedures and results of drafting provincial-level biomass energy plans and lists of proposed projects.

Participants also discussed regional biomass energy planning, cooperation between Soc Trang and other localities in tapping biomass energy potential, as well as environmental impacts and solutions to financial issues.-VNA