Careful deliberation of hydropower projects in Dong Nai province

The Department of Industry and Trade in Ho Chi Minh City has proposed to the City People’s Committee to organize an international seminar to deliberate on the environment impact of Dong Nai 6 and 6A Hydropower Projects, inviting both national and foreign scientists.

Scientists’ survey site where Dong Nai 6 and 6A plants are being planned (Photo: Lao Dong)

In a report sent to the Chairman of the City People’s Committee, the Department also suggested that the HCMC Union of Science and Technology Association work with scientists to survey, collect data, and give expert and objective opinion on the two projects.

The report also summed up opinions of various departments, organizations and scientists about Dong Nai 6 and 6A Hydropower Projects on Dong Nai River.

The two plants will supply annually about 929 million kWh of electricity, however the outcome of this benefit may turn out to have other negative impacts.

The reservoir capacity of the two plants is more than 200 million cubic meters, which will not help much in coping with drought and prevention of flooding in the lower reaches of the Dong Nai River.

Construction of these two plants might affect the ecosystem of the Dong Nai River. Water release and accumulation might cause flooding during the rainy season and drought during the dry season in the lowlands including HCMC and Dong Nai and Binh Duong Provinces.

Scientists are of the view that the two plants will also greatly affect the ecosystem of Cat Tien National Park.

Because of all such contradictory and controversial opinions on the two projects, the impact of the plants should be seen and assessed more accurately, objectively and based on scientific evidence.

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By Hoai Nam – Translated by Hai Mien

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