ESC will be leading the environmental and social (E&S) safeguards compliance works for the upcoming VIE Thu Dao Mot Water Expansion Project in the Binh Duong province, Vietnam. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) chose ESC to undertake E&S assessments to ensure the project meets Vietnamese regulations and requirements of ADB and JICA for their loan programme.
ADB entrusting ESC with this consultation highlights ESC’s expertise in adhering to regulatory frameworks and their commitment to bringing about sustainable development in Vietnam. The team, led by Jessie Nguyen, an international E&S safeguard specialist, along with in-country experts Minh Nguyen and Viet Nguyen, as well as national social consultant Van Nguyen, will provide a comprehensive consultation. This will involve onsite E&S compliance auditing of all existing facilities and documentation at the Bau Bang and Di An Water Plants. Additionally, there will be an Initial Environmental and Social Examination for the Bang Bang water treatment plant expansion and proposed new pipelines for Bau Bang and Di An. The project team will also leverage their expertise in Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) and E&S auditing to mitigate climate risks associated with the planned construction and improvements of both water plants.
ESC will also develop the Resettlement Plan to address the challenges associated with land acquisition and project-related impacts. ESC’s social experts will engage with key stakeholders, including landowners, project developers, and communities that may potentially be affected.
The Bau Bang water treatment plant has a current capacity of 100,000m3/day. However, as Vietnam progresses, both industry and households are experiencing a growing demand for water. It is expected that by 2029, the demand will reach 139,000m3/day. ADB and JICA’s loan will support this expansion through the installation and resettlement of a new 8.3km pipeline. Similarly, the Di An water plant is currently operating below its capacity of 200,000m3/day, and within two years, these levels will also be required. To address this, there are plans to construct a 4.3km pipeline to cater to the increasing water demands.
ESC’s extensive experience in international development, particularly in environmental and social safeguards, positions them to offer efficient and comprehensive solutions for this project’s development. Their longstanding relationship with ADB, together with extensive regional experience in water treatment and pipeline projects and local knowledge of Vietnam ensures a tailored approach for the success of the water plant expansion.
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