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Ninh Thuận leads country in renewables development by turning difficulties into opportunities




Solar power panels installed at a project in Ninh Thuận Province. — VNA/ Photo Công Thử

HÀ NỘI — The south-central coastal province of Ninh Thuận has made leaps and bounds to become Việt Nam’s leading locality in renewable energy development.

That was the message from Vice Chairman of Ninh Thuận People’s Committee Phan Tấn Cảnh as he addressed the Asia virtual conference.

Ninh Thuận is a locality that has great potential in renewable energy development, such as wind power and solar power, as the coastal locality is blessed with abundant sunshine and wind. It has wind speeds of 7.5 metres per second, the highest rate in the country, for 10 months of the year, making it ideal for reliable operations of wind turbines and wind power development, Cảnh said.

As for sunshine, the province gets more than 2,800 hours of sunshine per year, also the highest in the country, with average solar radiation of 1,780-2,015 kWh per year, which is ideal for solar power generation.

Ninh Thuận is also home to the Cà Ná seaport complex, which is able to handle commercial LNG ships with a capacity of up to 250,000cu.m. The port is located next to a 6,000MW gas power plant complex and the Cà Ná Industrial Park, which is convenient for liquefaction, making Ninh Thuận the best clean energy development location in the southern region, the official noted.

With such potential, Ninh Thuận has attracted investment in a large number of renewable and clean energy projects, one of the province’s socio-economic development priorities.

Over the years, Ninh Thuận has received consistent support from the National Assembly, the Government, ministries, and sectors, especially since the Government issued Resolution 115/NQ-CP dated August 31, 2018, on specific mechanisms and policies for the province’s socio-economic development in the 2018-23 period.

Under the resolution, the Government gave approval for Ninh Thuận to develop into a national renewable energy hub, according to the provincial leader.

To implement this policy, the provincial Party’s Committee issued Resolution No.20-NQ/TU dated January 25, 2022, to build the province into a renewable energy hub of the nation by 2025 with a vision to 2030.

The provincial Party’s Committee also issued Plan No. 239/KH-TU dated May 26, 2020, to implement the Politburo’s Resolution 55-NQ/TW on the National Energy Development Strategy by 2030 with a vision to 2045.

Cảnh said: “The resolution and plan by the provincial Party’s Committee demonstrates its steadfast leadership in promoting the province’s strengths in the energy sector, especially renewables, ensuring energy security, promoting sustainable development of the sector, and mobilising all the resources needed to turn the province into the country’s renewable energy hub.”

During the remarks, he also attributed a number of positive impacts in the province’s socio-economic development to renewable energy development.

Three years since implementing the Government Resolution 115/NQ-CP for the 2019-21 period, Ninh Thuận has seen challenges become opportunities, and attracted investment to help the province become a national renewable energy hub, Cảnh noted.

Renewable energy development has achieved a breakthrough and transformed the economic structure, contributing to the province’s socio-economic development.

By the end of 2021, the province was home to 53 renewable energy projects (11 wind power plants, 32 solar plants and 10 hydropower projects) with a total capacity of 3,176.5MW connected to the national grid, he said, stressing that they generated 6.3 billion kWh of electricity last year, creating added value of VNĐ3.614 trillion ($158 million), up 59.8 per cent from three years earlier and contributing 6.84 per cent to the province’s economy in 2021.

Developing renewable energy projects has enhanced land use efficiency, especially the value of land areas deemed not suitable for agriculture, the official claimed.

Cảnh added: “The annual value added by unproductive agricultural land is only VNĐ10 million per hectare compared with VNĐ3.84 billion (equivalent to 1.92 million kWh per hectare) when the land is used for solar power production.”

Developing renewable energy reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 97.9 per cent compared to traditional means like coal power, contributing to achieving climate change response goals and ensuring environmental protection. Moreover, the development of rooftop solar power serves both production and households’ use as well as increases people’s incomes. To date, the total rooftop solar power output in Ninh Thuận is estimated at 375 MWp (megawatt peak).

He also welcomed ability of wind and solar power generation to create jobs. In 2021, the renewable energy industry provided jobs to around 6,000 people, accounting for 2.3 per cent of the total number of employees working in six important economic sectors in the province.

He pledged that the province will give priority to power projects using state-of-the-art technology and requiring the least amount of land.

“Battery panels in solar systems must have high capacity and use tracking technology to rotate in the direction of the largest solar radiation. Priority will be given to large capacity wind turbines,” he said.

The renewable energy sector is one of Ninh Thuận’s three economic pillars alongside tourism and agriculture, and has propelled the province into the list of five localities with the fastest economic growth rate in the last five years, according to the provincial representative.

“The sector has also created a driving force for the development of other industries such as real estate, construction, trade, and services, effectively exploiting uncultivated and dry lands, contributing to improving transport infrastructure for the operation of energy plants and serving production activities and people’s travel needs.”

“Ninh Thuận has become the country’s leader in renewable energy by turning difficulties into advantages for sustainable development,” the province’s vice chair said.

However, Cảnh also expressed inhibitions about some negative impacts from the “overdevelopment” of renewable energy.

“The number of projects has increased too rapidly in a short time, leading to a deterioration of roads where they are concentrated,” he said.

“Fumes and dust caused by vehicles transporting equipment in the area have negatively affected the environment and people’s lives.”

The rapid development of rooftop solar of under 1MW at farms has affected transmission in the power grid as well, Cảnh added.

From 2017 to September 2020, one of the biggest challenges was the lack of compatibility between power projects and transmission lines, resulting in overloading and preventing plants from operating at full capacity.

In early 2021, due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, factories stopped or reduced production, and power demand fell as a result, leading to oversupply of electricity, and so the province had to reduce the output of power plants, according to Cảnh.

Still, the province will persevere with its renewable hub vision given the huge potentials, he said, adding that Ninh Thuận also wants the Government to direct the Ministry of Industry and Trade to include its power source and grid in the National Power Development Plan by 2030 with a vision to 2045. —


Q: To realise the province’s ambition to become a renewable energy hub, Ninh Thuận would need a lot of foreign investments. What are the policies or incentives for attracting FDI into this field?

A: Renewable energy projects (wind power and solar power) are under the list of industries applicable for favourable investment incentives in Ninh Thuận Province.

All districts in Ninh Thuận are also considered areas with extremely difficult economic conditions according to Decree No.31/2021/NĐ-CP (dated March 26, 2021) on implementing several articles of the Law on Investment.

Therefore, investment projects in renewable energy in the province’s districts are eligible for the most favourable incentives in the framework of the State for land lease, land allocation and corporate income tax, according to the Law on Land, Law on Corporate Income Tax, and Law on Import-Export Tax:

– Land rent, water surface rent: Qualified projects are exempt from all land rent and water surface rent.

– Corporate income tax: A tax rate of 10 per cent is applied for the first 15 years since taxable income is made (for domestic businesses, the rate is applied for the entire duration of the project). Tax exemption is applicable for four years and 50 per cent reduction for the next nine years.

– Import tax: Projects are exempt from import tax on imports of necessary machinery and equipment. 



Vietnam develops open educational resources for higher education



Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha has signed Decision No. 1117/QD-TTg approving a programme to develop open educational resources for higher education.

Vietnam develops open educational resources for higher education hinh anh 1Illustrative photo (Photo:

Hanoi – Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha
has signed Decision No. 1117/QD-TTg approving a programme to develop open
educational resources for higher education.

Under the programme, in the 2023-2026 period, a portal of open
educational resources will be built and put into operation, providing learning, teaching,
and research materials for learners, officials, lecturers of higher education
institutions, and those who need to update higher education knowledge.

By 2026, over 40% of higher education institutions in the
country will participate in building and developing open educational resources. Over
20% of higher education majors have textbooks, teaching, and learning materials
posted on the portal. Over 300 textbooks, teaching, and learning materials in
higher education will be posted to the portal.

Regarding exploitation and use of the resources, the programme aims to have at least 50% of higher education institutions access and use the resources, and over 50%
of officials and lecturers of higher education institutions access and use
the resources for their teaching and research. In addition, over 50% of
learners studying in higher education institutions will access and use the
resources for their learning and research.

The programme also sets the task of completing the system
of legal documents regulating the development, exploitation, and use of open
educational resources.

Educational institutions are called on to develop databases and
connect the databases to the national portal on open educational resources./.


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Stent left inside 80-year-old woman’s ureter for 4 years



The Ninh Thuan Province General Hospital in south-central Vietnam carried out a surgery to remove a stent that had been left for four years in an 80-year-old woman’s ureter last week.

A representative of the hospital said on Tuesday that the patient, named Tr. T. D., is being monitored carefully. Her health condition is stable.

The elderly woman was taken to the hospital on Wednesday last week in a state of prolonged fever, backache, septic shock, hypotension, and cardiac arrhythmia.

After she underwent a CT scan, doctors discovered a forgotten stent inside her left ureter, while the two heads of the stent were covered with nephroliths. She was suffering from hydronephrosis as well.

One of her family members said that D. experienced a surgery in which a stent was placed in her left ureter in 2019, but she did not come back to hospital for a follow-up examination.

As such, the stent remained in her ureter.

A silicon stent must be removed from a patient’s ureter a maximum of one year after it is placed in the patient’s body, according to the representative of the Ninh Thuan Province General Hospital.

If a stent remains in patients’ ureters for a long time, nephroliths will form and cling to the tube, affecting their health.

Patients who have their ureters placed with a stent are advised to follow doctors’ instructions and undergo scheduled medical re-examinations.

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President extends Mid-Autumn Festival wishes to children



President Vo Van Thuong on September 26 sent a letter extending his best wishes to Vietnamese children inside and outside the country as well as foreign children living in Vietnam on the occasion of the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival 2023.

President extends Mid-Autumn Festival wishes to children hinh anh 1An art performance celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi President Vo Van Thuong on
September 26 sent a letter extending his best wishes to Vietnamese children
inside and outside the country as well as foreign children living in
Vietnam on the occasion of the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival 2023.

The Mid-Autumn Festival, the 15th day of the
eighth lunar month which falls on September 29 this year, is a festival of love
and sharing, and also an opportunity for adults to remind themselves to pay
more attention to children with love, responsibility and practical actions, he wrote.

The State leader called for more efforts to support children in difficult
circumstances, orphans, and those living in remote, border and island areas so
that all children can fully enjoy the festival and have fun
with their family and community.

President extends Mid-Autumn Festival wishes to children hinh anh 2Children in Hanoi enjoy Mid-Autumn Festival atmosphere (Photo: VNA)

Thuong said he is moved and proud to see many children performing good deeds, showing love to their parents and grandparents, and helping and sharing with unfortunate peers. Many children have studied hard, recording high
achievements and becoming the pride of their family and fatherland.

He encouraged children to nurture their dreams and wished them a happy Mid-Autumn Festival 2023./.


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