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Investing nearly 6,000 billion VND in the Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe Wastewater Treatment Plant

July 10, 2024

The Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal Wastewater Treatment Plant invested nearly 6,000 billion VND and spanning over 33 hectares, is one of the largest wastewater treatment plants in Southeast Asia. With a treatment capacity of 480,000 cubic meters per day and night, its maximum flow rate is 34,000 cubic meters per hour.

Located in Thanh My Loi Ward, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, the plant is currently in its second phase as part of the Ho Chi Minh City Environmental Sanitation Project. The construction is being expedited to commence operations by June 2025, aiming to improve the living environment and enhance water quality in Ho Chi Minh City.

Read more: Polluted Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal | The Sorrow of Waste in the Heart of the City

Construction images of the Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe Wastewater Treatment Plant (Thu Duc City)

This project commenced in 2015 and has currently completed approximately 41% of the total workload. Key components such as the filtration and wastewater treatment systems have completed their basic structures, while the sludge treatment tanks and pumping stations are being expedited. Mr. Bui Thanh Tan, Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Urban Infrastructure Construction Investment Project Management Board, stated that package XL-02 is the largest and most important component of the entire Ho Chi Minh City Environmental Sanitation Project Phase 2.


At the construction site, approximately 600 workers and engineers are tirelessly working regardless of harsh and sweltering weather conditions to ensure completion by June 30, 2025. The 27-meter high sludge treatment tanks are being constructed and taking shape, along with flood control structures, drainage systems, and embankments.


The Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Wastewater Treatment Plant is a crucial part of the Ho Chi Minh City Environmental Sanitation Project - Phase 2. Initially valued at 307 million USD, the project underwent international competitive bidding, resulting in costs reducing to approximately 235.1 million USD (equivalent to nearly 6 trillion VND).

Read more: Polluted Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal | The Sorrow of Waste in the Heart of the City

After it becomes operational, all wastewater from residents along the Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal, spanning through districts 1, 3, Binh Thanh, Phu Nhuan, Tan Binh, and the former district 2 of Ho Chi Minh City, will be collected and directed to this wastewater treatment plant via a 17 km-long drainage system. Currently, the total capacity for treating urban wastewater in Ho Chi Minh City is 644,000 m³/day, which only meets about 40% of the daily wastewater volume. Upon completion and operation of the plant, the city's capacity for treating urban wastewater will increase to over 1.1 million m³/day, significantly improving the environmental sanitation of the city.


Patrick Kadri, Chairman and Managing Director of the major project group Vinci Construction, one of the world's largest construction conglomerates and the contractor for the project, stated: "Despite delays due to various objective reasons, the project has now completed 40% after one year. With support from the client on design-build principles, addressing initial design stages is crucial for completion. We commit to meeting the schedule for construction to ensure project readiness by next year."

The Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Wastewater Treatment Plant not only significantly contributes to improving the living environment for Ho Chi Minh City residents but also stands as evidence of Vietnam's sustainable development and progress in wastewater treatment technology.

Read more: Polluted Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal | The Sorrow of Waste in the Heart of the City

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