|Environmental Technologies Industries
|Vietnam Environmental Export Market Plan|
|Chapter 7 - Solid Waste|
Case Study 7.1 Tapping State ResourcesSeveral U.S.firms are exploring opportunities to build landfills in northern provinces. The companies - Envirotech and equipment supplier Red River, Inc. - have worked with a marketing office for the state of Oklahoma's trade office in Vietnam. Oklahoma is one of the few states to have opened trade offices in Vietnam. It did so largely to focus on opportunities in the oil and gas industries. Pacific Ventures, Inc. is the marketing office assisting the Oklahoma companies with market entry.
Envirotech and Red River representatives first came to Vietnam on a trade delegation in January 1999. The firms later won a $25,000 grant from the National Association of State Development Agencies (NASDA), to return in March 1999. On this trip, the two firms held seminars and conferences on solid waste disposal and landfill technologies. Following the conference, officials from Hai Duong and Bac Giang provinces approached the companies and asked them to prepare proposals. The NASDA grant also financed the feasibility studies carried out in the two provinces.
Current solid waste disposal in these provinces consists of digging a hole and burying the garbage. The landfills do not use any layering techniques or measures to prevent against leakage. As a result, contamination of ground water and foul odors are degrading the environment in the surrounding areas. Envirotech has proposed building landfills using layering and containment technologies. Envirotech specializes in consulting and design, while Red River leases associated equipment, so it is likely the two will team together for the projects. The contracts, estimated to be worth between $500,000 and $1 million, have not yet been signed but are said to be "on the desks of the provincial chairmen" and ready for signing.
In January 2000, Pacific Ventures hosted a delegation from the Southern States Energy Board, which was visiting Vietnam to explore opportunities in clean energy and renewable energy production.