Research Association Mining and Environment - Mining and Environment Vietnam

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Duration: 06/2007 - 06/2015
Project Area: Long Bien district, Hanoi Capital
Project Website: www.rame.de
Coordination: Germany:
Prof. Dr. Harro Stolpe
University of Bochum
Institute of Environmental Engineering and Ecology (EE+E)
Universitätsstr. 150, 44801 Bochum
Phone: +49 (0)2 34 3 22 79 95
KS. Nguyen Manh Diep
VINACOMIN Environmental Dept.
226 Le Duan, Dong Da, Hanoi
Phone: +84 (0)91 3209 360

Project Description

Hardcoal mining in the province Quang Ninh is taking place for more than 130 years. Currently, about 95 % of the national hard coal production comes from the province, managed by the state-owned VINACOMIN group. Beside mining, in re-cent years Quang Ninh Province has developed into an important tourist attraction for domestic and international tourists because of Ha Long Bay which is a recognized UNESCO World Natural Heritage as well as one of the "New 7 Wonders of Nature". Both economic branches need to be de-veloped further side by side and for long-term. This causes conflicts especially in the field of environment as the hard coal mining areas are located near the coast and residential areas and cause significant environmental impacts.

Main objectives of the joint project "Mining and Environment in Vietnam" are investigations for the development of environmental concepts for the hardcoal mining industry. The project develops concepts for active mining areas as well as for a sustainable and economically efficient reclamation after mining. The developed environmental engi-neering and planning concepts are integrated in a central environmental management system and concepts for landuse after mining.

The project in total combines 6 project parts:

1. Main project
on "environmental management system and capacity building", overall project coordination (completed)

2. Project part
on "dump stabilization and reclamation" (project site Nui Beo / Ha Long) (completed)

3. Project part
on "water management and water treatment" (project site Vang Danh / Uong Bi) (ongoing)

4. Project part
on "dust mitigation and monitoring" (project site Nui Beo / Ha Long) (completed)

5. Project part
on "plant based methods for sustain-able dump recultivation and treatment of mine waters" (project sites Nui Beo / Ha Long and Dong Trieu) (completed)

6. Project part
on "development and implementa-tion of environmental planning and engineering concepts" (project site Hon Gai / Ha Long) (ongoing)

Some project parts are completed already. The achieved results include an environmental information system, environmental reporting, a modern mine water treatment plant, recommendations for the dump stabilization and recultivation, detailed technical dust mitigation measures, a pilot-scale constructed wetland for the treatment of mine waters. The capacity building program was implemented for about 180 staff members of VINACOMIN.

All project results are combined into one central handbook "Mining and Environment".

German partners:

  • Ruhr-University Bochum, Environmental Engineering and Ecology (EE+E),
  • University of Aachen (RWTH), Institute for Mining Engineering I (BBK I),
  • Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research GmbH (UFZ), Halle-Leipzig,
  • Lausitz and Central German Mining Admini-stration GmbH (LMBV), Senftenberg,
  • eta engineering AG, Cottbus,
  • Groundwater Research Institute GmbH (GFI), Dresden ,
  • Brenk Systemplanung GmbH, Aachen,
  • BioPlanta GmbH, Leipzig,
  • Consulting, Business und Management GmbH (CBM), Aachen,
  • DHI-WASY GmbH, Syke

Vietnamese partners:

  • Vietnam National Coal - Mineral Industries Holding Corporation Limited (VINACOMIN), Hanoi,
  • VINACOMIN Informatics, Technology and En-vironment (VITE), Hanoi,
  • Nui Beo Coal Joint Stock Company (NBCC), Ha Long,
  • Vang Danh Coal Joint Stock Company (VDCC), Uong Bi,
  • VINACOMIN Environment Company (MT), Cam Pha

Photo: Mine water treatment plant Vang Danh, Source: GFI

Photo: Dust monitoring, Source: CBM

Photo: Recultivation experiment Chinh Bac Nui Beo, Source: UFZ

Photo: Constructed wetland Dong Trieu, Source: BioPlanta

Photo: Site-consultation meeting at mine water treatment plant Vang Danh, Source: LMBV

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