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Phu Quoc Island Seeks Renewable Energy

With an area of 568 sq.km and 85,000 residents, Phu Quoc's estimated electricity demand in 2005 was at 20,234 MWh, while its diesel-fueled generators produce only 7.5 MW, less than half the island's demand.

Published: 17-Dec-2005

Dr Pham Khanh Toan, head of the institute, said that a biogas or biomass combustion power plant would help to ease energy shortages and environmental problems currently facing the island, which was identified by the Vietnamese Government in November as the country's biggest eco-tourism complex of the future.

"Renewable energy plants will help Phu Quoc Island achieve sustainable development," said Toan during a seminar organised by the Energy Institute and Can Tho University last week that unveiled a feasibility study for a biogas or biomass combustion plant.

Can Tho University's Dr Do Ngoc Quynh, the local project co-ordinator, said that since the Government approved a master development plan in November, the number of tourists visiting the island was expected to increase from last year's 131,000 to 350,000 by 2010.

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