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Agency for Natural Resources and EnergyThe Second Viet Nam-Japan Coal Policy Dialogue was Held

On April 22, 2014, the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy held the Second Viet Nam-Japan Coal Policy Dialogue, in Nha Trang, Viet Nam, with the General Department of Energy of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Viet Nam, in order to promote a wide range of cooperation, from coal exploration and development to the use of coal for power generation.

1. Background

Viet Nam is a very important country for Japan as a source of the high-quality coal (anthracite coal) used for steel production. On the other hand, Viet Nam is showing a strong interest in the introduction of Japan’s state of the art, high-efficiency coal-fired power generation technologies, and cooperation continues to move forward.

In this context, this Policy Dialogue has been held between Japan and Viet Nam, aiming to further promote a wide range of cooperation between the countries in the field of coal.

2. Outline of the Second Japan-Viet Nam Coal Policy Dialogue

There were about 40 participants in total from the countries (as referred to below); including Mr. Akira Yasui, Director of the Coal Division from Japan; and Mr. Nguyen Khac Tho, Deputy Director General of the General Department of Energy, Ministry of Industry and Trade of Viet Nam, and the following results were achieved.

  1. Japan requested that Viet Nam continue to provide a stable supply of high-quality anthracite coal as well as to supply the resource at competitive prices. In response, Viet Nam expressed its gratitude for the long-standing cooperation by Japan regarding coal development and relevant environmental protection, and stated that Viet Nam will endeavor to continue to provide the stable supply of anthracite coal. In addition, both countries discussed mutually beneficial cooperation on the exploration and development of anthracite coal in Viet Nam, the development of relevant human resources, and the introduction of coal preparation technology, for the maintenance and improvement of a stable trade relationship related to anthracite coal.
  2. Regarding the construction of a large number of coal-fired power plants currently planned in Viet Nam, the countries confirmed the importance of bilateral cooperation towards introducing technology and know-how from Japanese enterprises. In particular, it was confirmed that the countries will continue to discuss the possibility of introducing the technology of ultra super critical (USC) coal-fired power generation.
  3. Concerning such cooperation, both countries confirmed that they will aim to build a Win-Win relationship, with benefits for both countries that will be brought about through successful cooperation.

3. Future Direction

METI will make efforts to further enhance the various cooperative relationships between Japan and Viet Nam in the area of coal, and to ensure the stable supply to Japan of high-quality anthracite coal. At the same time, METI will contribute to the realization of an efficient and environmentally-friendly electricity supply in Viet Nam through the introduction of Japan’s advanced coal-fired power generation technologies.

Japanese participants
METI; Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC); New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO); Japan Bank for International Cooperation and Japan Coal Energy Center (JCOAL)
Vietnamese participants
General Department of Energy, Ministry of Industry and Trade; Vietnam National Coal and Mineral Industries Group (VINACOMIN); VietNam Electricity (EVN) and PetroVietnam (PVN)

Release Date

April 23, 2014

Division in Charge

Coal Division, Natural Resources and Fuel Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

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