IAEA helps Vietnam construct nuclear power plants

15:24 | 21/01/2014 Cooperation

(VEN) - Vietnam has made greater efforts in developing nuclear power. At a meeting with the Ministry of Science and Technology, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano affirmed that IAEA would help Vietnam construct and successfully operate the two nuclear power plants in Ninh Thuan Province.

An artist’s view of the Ninh Thuan 1 Nuclear Power Plant

The Vietnamese government has paid special attention to the development and application of atomic energy for peaceful purpose. Cooperation between IAEA and Vietnam has been promoted since 2000 through national technical cooperation projects (TC-VIE). IAEA financed Vietnam about US$7.2 million. Of which, 54 percent of aid were used to purchase machinery and equipment, with the remainder used to hire specialists and train staff.

IAEA has focused on funding for projects to help implement nuclear power programs in Vietnam. Total aid in the 2009-2013 period reached nearly EUR2.06 million focusing on areas such as constructing nuclear power infrastructure, improving capacity serving the management of the first nuclear power plant and applying nuclear techniques in the industry, agriculture and health.

According to the Ministry of Science and Technology, through cooperation process with IAEA, Vietnam has enhanced capabilities for laboratories at the Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology and the Institute for Technology of Radioactive and Rare Elements, successfully transformed highly enriched uranium into low-enriched uranium for the Da Lat Nuclear Research Institute and applied nuclear techniques in diagnosis, care and treatment such as Low-dose rate (LDR), High-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy in cervical cancer treatment.

Vietnam has also produced many rice varieties that have short growth duration and high quality and productivity such as DT10 and VND95-20. In the past two years, IAEA experts actively cooperated with the Ministry of Science and Technology in reviewing and amending the Law on Atomic Energy and adopting policies to train staff for nuclear power plants.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said, “In the 2014-2015 period, IAEA will finance Vietnam about EUR670,500 to implement projects in terms of nuclear power infrastructure development.”

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said that about 30 countries in the world used nuclear power and a number of other countries also wanted to develop its power. Vietnam has made greater efforts in developing nuclear power such as establishing a feasibility study on the construction of the two nuclear power plants in Ninh Thuan Province. IAEA will help Vietnam construct and successfully operate the two nuclear power plants.

According to IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, IAEA will send leading experts to Vietnam to discuss issues in terms of infrastructure and safety and other issues related to nuclear energy. Vietnam can learn experiences from international experts in developing nuclear power.

The construction of a nuclear power plant usually takes 10-15 years from planning stage. However, in developed countries, its period could be shorter. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said, “A nuclear power plant is a long-term issue and will be used for decades. Therefore, careful preparation for the construction of a nuclear power plant is necessary.”

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