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Vietnam to open $450m Lao salt mine
Publication Date : 02-10-2013
Construction of a joint US$450 million Vietnam–Laos project to process salt in Khammouan Province in Laos will start next month, according to the Vietnam Chemical Group (Vinachem).
The Vinachem-backed project, signed in February last year with the Lao Planning and Investment Ministry, is its first in the field.
Vinachem will exploit salt across an area of 10 square km for 20 years and also build a factory to process 320,000 tonnes a year. The Lao government granted the group 196.5 square km of land to survey for possible salt mines.
On completion, the project will be able to supply the Lao market, reducing salt imports and boosting economic development in Khammouan province.
According to the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), mining industry represents 80 per cent of foreign direct investment in Laos, accounts for 45 per cent of its total exports, and is responsible for 12 per cent of government revenues and 10 per cent of national income.