The project is part of practical activities to boost cooperation and make use of international resources to overcome consequences of toxic chemicals left by the war in Vietnam. It aims to study advanced, effective and safe dioxin treatment technologies and master the best dioxin treatment technology.

At the event, a representative from Shimizu Group introduced soil washing technology for dioxin treatment, a combination of soil washing and burning technology which could reduce wastes and increase economic efficiency.

At the ceremony. (Photo: VOV)

As planned, the signatories will start piloting the technology for three months from November this year, and a large-scale soil washing course at Bien Hoa airbase will take place from January to April next year.

Accordingly, a comprehensive soil washing factory with a capacity of 40 tons of dioxin-contaminated soil per hour will be installed in late December this year and put into operation in January next year.

The Japanese group’s dioxin treatment technology is expected to eliminate over 95% of dioxin in contaminated soil.

There are 28 dioxin-contaminated areas in the country, including Da Nang, Bien Hoa and Phu Cat airbases, which were used by the US troops during the war.

The Government of Vietnam targets to detoxify all of these areas by 2030, part of its great effort to surmount war consequences.

In Bien Hoa airbase, one of the country’s dioxin hotspots, approximately 850,000 tons of dioxin-contaminated soil needs to be treated.

Translated by Mai Huong