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FPG begins constructing blast furnace in Vietnam

HANOI--Construction began Sunday on a blast furnace that will be part of a steel mill complex built with investment by Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corp., a Formosa Plastics Group (FPG) steel venture in Vietnam.

FPG President William Wong said that in the primary stage of construction, the company expects to hire around 10,000 Vietnamese workers. The complex is aimed at turning Ha Tinhi, a province on the country's north central coast, into a key industrial city.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attended the ground-breaking ceremony for the blast furnace, which is expected to go into operation in 2015.

Second and third blast furnaces at the steel mill complex are scheduled to be completed in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Huang Chih-peng, Taiwan's representative to Vietnam, said the investment project, which is estimated to be worth over US$15 billion, is an immense and arduous construction task.

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