HÀ NỘI — Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng asked the Việt Nam National Coal and Minerals Group (Vinacomin) to focus on labour and environmental safety as it develops a specialised management model. He spoke at the conference held in Hà Nội on Tuesday to sum up Vinacomin’s operations in 2017 and launch tasks for 2018.
“The group should continue to develop drastic solutions to ensure labour safety. It is also required to ensure environmental protection and consider it as a top requirement in production,” he said.
Dũng hailed Vinacomin’s contributions to the country’s development in 2017.
He asked the group to strengthen discipline in exploitation and preventing trade fraud.
He also highlighted the group’s shortcomings in exploiting unsuitable coals, which resulted in large inventory without meeting customers’ requirements.
The application of science and technology in the exploitation and processing of the group’s main products has been undertaken slowly. Some investment projects have been delayed or ineffective, causing losses in State capital.
The deputy PM said this year would determine the country’s success in completing the five-year socio-economic development plan in the 2016-20 period, creating heavy pressure for the coal and minerals sector.
Vinacomin was also asked to enhance the mobilisation of social resources to attract investment into projects to upgrade current mines to increase coal output for the economy.
Vinacomin should focus on restructuring its investments to create highly competitive products. This would help the group improve productivity, quality and effectiveness. It should also enhance its relationship with localities and partners both inside and outside the country.
Vinacomin’s total revenue in 2017 reached VNĐ109.2 trillion (US$4.8 billion), posting a 7.3 per cent year-on-year increase. Its profit was estimated at VNĐ2.5 trillion, up VNĐ1.5 trillion from 2016. It contributed VNĐ13.4 trillion to the State budget.
Đặng Thanh Hải, Vinacomin’s general director, said the profit was partly contributed by its two aluminum plants producing 1.14 million tonnes. Revenue from the two plants was VNĐ8.6 trillion. Nhân Cơ Aluminum Plant alone posted an output of 501,000 tonnes or 80 per cent of its designed capital.
In 2017, Vinacomin’s coal consumption was estimated at 35.5 million tonnes. Of this, the local coal consumption was 34 million tonnes and the remaining was exported.
Hải said by the end of last year, the group had 104,500 labourers, 6,000 people fewer than the previous year.
Its labour productivity rose by 8.6 per cent from 2016 with the average salary of VNĐ9.4 million per month.
The group’s electricity output last year reached 9.38 billion kWh, increasing 10 per cent from the previous year.
“Vinacomin will invest VNĐ12.8 trillion in parent companies and its subsidiaries in 2018,” he said.
He added that the group also aimed to produce and consume 36 million tonnes of coal this year including 34.1 million tonnes for local consumption and 1.9 million tonnes of exports.
It targeted total revenue of VNĐ113.8 trillion, profit of VNĐ2 trillion and contributions of VNĐ13.6 trillion to the State budget in 2018.
The aluminum output was scheduled at 1.23 million tonnes.
The group planned to reduce its payroll by some 4,500 people to bring its total staff to 100,000. — VNS