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Doosan Donates Seawater Desalination Facility on a Remote Vietnamese Island

- Completes seawater desalination facilities with daily output of 200 tons in An Bihn Island in eastern central region

- Drinking water shortage that has lingered since settlement is resolved, Villagers celebrate “August 31 as An Binh Island Independence Day”


Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction (Chairman & CEO, Geewon Park) held an inaugural ceremony for the seawater desalination facility on An Binh Island, Ly Son Prefecture, Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam on August 31. In attendance at the event were more than 300 people, including Vietnamese government officials such as Truong Hoa Binh, Chief of the Supreme People’s Court; Le Dung Quang, Vice Minister of Industry and Trade; Nguyen Van Rang, Vice Minister of Science and Technology; Vo Van Dung, Chief Secretary of the Communist Party of Quang Ngai Province; and Kwao Kua, Governor of the province; local residents, and Hang-ha Ryu, General Director of Doosan Vina.

The seawater desalination facility donated by Doosan Vina to An Binh Island includes two Reverse Osmosis type seawater desalination units, which can produce a combined 200 tons of freshwater per day, sufficient to meet the daily water requirements of 500 people. Included in the donation were two power generators, and freshwater storage facilities.

The donation was made after the Quang Ngai provincial government, which was agonizing over ways to address the drinking water shortage on An Binh Island, requested the assistance of Doosan Vina, the world’s No. 1 supplier of seawater desalination facilities. In a bid to fulfill its corporate social responsibility as a local firm in Vietnam, Doosan Vina accepted the province’s request, signed an Memorandum of Understanding one year ago, broke ground on An Binh last May, and completed the construction in three months.

An Bihn Island, situated about 30 km east of Quang Ngai Province on Vietnam’s central coast is a small isle measuring 0.6 km2 with some 120 households and over 500 residents. Since no underground water is available on the island, local residents have depended on whatever rain water they could collect during the rainy season and then had to rely on shipped in water from the mainland to meet any shortfall. This created a chronic water shortage that has gone on for centuries.

With the completion of the seawater desalination facility, the water shortage that has afflicted the island since people first settled there more than 500 years ago, has been completely addressed. And thanks to the generators donated by Doosan to power the desalination equipment, the villagers will now also be able to enjoy the benefits of electricity that most people have come to take for granted.

Dang Len, a 64-year-old man who is a third-generation resident of the island, said, “We’ve had a chronic water shortage here on An Binh Island, both my mother and grandmother’s lifelong dream has been to have the opportunity to use water without the worry that it is going to run out before finishing a shower, or washing the dishes,” adding, “I am deeply grateful to Doosan Vina, which has made our dream come true, and today is Independence Day on An Binh Island, we are no longer at the mercy of the clouds.”

Hang-ha Ryu, General Director of Doosan Vina, said, “As one of the largest companies in Central Vietnam and the world’s number one company in seawater desalination, Doosan Vina finds it very rewarding to have the opportunity to donate this seawater desalination facility to An Binh’s residents, who have experienced great difficulties because of their water shortage,” adding, “Since the Vietnamese government has also shown keen interest in this donation, I hope that the facility will not only improve An Binh residents’ quality of life but also contribute to the expansion of private-sector partnerships between Korea and Vietnam.”

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction provided water purification facilities to Cambodia in collaboration with the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in 2006, and donated seawater desalination facilities for the Dokdo Islands in the East Sea in 2007, as it has provided seawater desalination facilities to areas suffering from water shortage in Korea and overseas as part of its corporate social responsibility activities.

[Photo caption]
Hang-ha Ryu (third from left), General Director of Doosan Vina, hands over a key for RO facilities to Pan Din Pung (third from right), chief of An Bihn Island people’s committee in Quang Ngai Province, at the inaugural ceremony to launch seawater desalination facilities in An Bihn Island in the Vietnamese province on August 31.

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