The Vietnamese government has said new steel projects using outdated technology would not be licensed.

It said that, previously, some localities had granted licences to small-scale steel plants outside planning guidelines.

Their use of antique technology had led to environment pollution and wasted energy.

It believes this to be a reason for a sudden increase in electricity consumption in recent months.

Under the national master plan for the steel industry for 2007-15, Vietnam hopes to produce 15 to 18Mt/y of steel for domestic use and export.

Source VietnamPlus, Hanoi