17:41 | 02/01/2016 Industry
(VEN) - The Ministry of Science and Technology’s Vietnam Atomic Energy Agency Director Hoang Anh Tuan said that the construction of the first Vietnamese nuclear power plant in Ninh Thuan Province would be carried out in 2020.
The initial plan showed that the construction of the first nuclear power plant would take place in 2014 and would be put into operation in 2020 following National Assembly Resolution 41 dated November 25, 2009. However, after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan due to the earthquake and tsunami, the Vietnamese government asked to review and add more safe solutions. Therefore, the preparation has lasted longer.
According to the report sending to the National Assembly in September 2013, the Ministry of Industry and Trade forecasted that the construction of technical works around the plant would be implemented in 2014, while building the central area with nuclear reactors would need more time due to waiting for the assessment of design, safety analysis report and environmental impact report.
Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute former Deputy Director Le Van Hong said that the adjustment of the progress was necessary to ensure safety for nuclear power plants in accordance with international regulations and the country’s legal documents.
Experienced countries where have conducted the construction of nuclear power plants normally wait for two-three years for the assessment. Therefore, kicking off the construction of the central area with nuclear reactor needs to take a few years backwards. “Vietnam has no experience in building nuclear power plants. Therefore, safety must be a top priority,” Le Van Hong said.
Accelerating the deployment
Hoang Anh Tuan said that ministries and agencies would assess documents related to the construction of Ninh Thuan 1 and 2 nuclear power plants in 2016 as well as environmental impact assessment report and the location in order to submit to the prime minister for approval. International Atomic Energy Agency experts will give advice for the assessment of the two nuclear power plants.
Signing contracts with partners such as Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation to construct and put machine units into operation will be implemented in 2017. Time for perfecting documents and kicking off the construction of nuclear reactor bottom is expected to be happened in 2020.
Key capital for the construction of the Ninh Thuan 1 Nuclear Power Plant comes from an intergovernmental agreement between Vietnam and Russia with total amount of around US$8-10 billion. The plant will be located at Phuoc Dinh Commune, Thuan Nam District, Ninh Thuan Province with capacity of around 4,000MW.
“Nuclear power will use large investment capital at the beginning but operational costs remain low. A machine unit can operate around 60 years,” Hoang Anh Tuan said.
The Ministry of Science and Technology’s Vietnam Atomic Energy Agency Director Hoang Anh Tuan:
Safety is a top priority in developing nuclear power with a core of ensuring national energy security.