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Vietnam opens new doors with push for coal energy

Plant builders flock back to Southeast Asian country after nuclear letdown

The Vung Ang No. 1 power plant and Mitsubishi's new facility will together supply a sizable chunk of electricity in Vietnam.

HANOI -- Having pulled away from atomic energy projects late last year, Vietnam is now sharpening its focus on coal to tap its abundant reserves.

Many Japanese companies are drawn to this new business opportunity -- but so are Chinese rivals that threaten to give them a run for their money.

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