VN determined to go ahead with nuclear power plants: Vice PM Nhan

During the recent session of VN’s  National Assembly , Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan confirmed that Viet Nam is determined to go ahead with the project of building  the nuclear power plants in the central coast province of Ninh Thuan.

He added that since in 2009 when Resolution No 41 was passed by the National Assembly on guidelines to build the nuclear power plant in Ninh Thuan, the Government had issued five legal documents guiding the implementation of the Law on Nuclear Power.


The Prime Minister has decided to establish the Ninh Thuan Nuclear Power Project Steering Committee with a Deputy Prime Minister as the director and representatives from various ministries, sectors and Ninh Thuan province as project members.


An Inter-governmental Joint Committee on the building of the Ninh Thuan Nuclear plant No 1 between Viet Nam and the Russia was signed on October 31, 2010. Preparations for the construction of the plant had been ongoing since then, including a credit agreement with Russia.


For the second nuclear plant, negotiations between Viet Nam and Japan were underway, including a credit agreement to build the plant from Japan.


The construction sites of the two plants had been approved by the Ministry of Trade and Industry.


Deputy PM Nguyen Thien Nhan confirms NA deputies that Viet Nam is determined to go ahead with the project of building nuclear power plants

A feasibility report on the construction of the Ninh Thuan No.1 Reactor is currently being drafted. The building of the first nuclear plant would begin in December 2014 and the first nuclear reactor would generate electricity in 2020, with the second going online the following year.


For the second plant, the Japanese Government had agreed to provide US$25 million in the form of non-refundable aid to compile project documentation and the construction was slated for May 2015 and the first nuclear reactor would generate electricity in 2021, with the second reactor going into commission in 2022.


Electricity of Viet Nam (EVN) was confirmed as the project owner of the two nuclear plants. The EVN had consulted with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the safety of the plants.


Viet Nam had also sent students and abroad to study nuclear energy in Russia, Japan, South Korea and France.


The Vice PM told the National Assembly deputies yesterday that the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant was a precious lesson for Viet Nam though it was not so bad as in case of Tcheknobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine. Thus, he said, "site selection for the nuclear plants and the technology have been and would thoroughly be considered, including the case of extreme weather conditions as earthquakes, tsunamis or plane crashes."


Source SGGP - Translated by Tri Dan

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