Vietnam to boost nuclear power infrastructure

16:21, May 17, 2011      

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Vietnam Atomic Energy Department (VAED) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) held a seminar in Hanoi on Monday to discuss measures to fulfill the master plan for building Vietnam's nuclear power infrastructure for the 2011-2015 period, according to Vietnam News Agency on Tuesday.

Vietnam placed focus on human resource development, completion of legal bases, conduction of feasibility studies and preparation for necessary conditions for nuclear power infrastructure, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Le Dinh Tien addressed the meeting.

Tien spoke highly of IAEA's support to Vietnam in developing nuclear power infrastructure via technical assistance projects. He said delegates' contributions will help Vietnam design and conduct a training program on nuclear technology.

During the 5-day seminar, participants discussed measures to fulfill the master plan for building national nuclear power infrastructure for the 2011-2015 period, and human resource development for the nuclear power industry.

IAEA and Vietnamese experts will also discuss the completion of a national project on nuclear power information popularization until 2020 for the Vietnamese Prime Minister to approve.

Vietnam plans to build the first nuclear power plant in central Ninh Thuan province with a total investment of 3.5 billion U.S. dollars, which is expected to operate during 2017-2020 with a capacity of 2,000 MW. By 2020, Vietnam will have a shortage of 65 billion KWh of electricity. Together with imports, the plant will help in reducing the shortage, VAED reported.

Source: Xinhua
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