Officials affirm nuclear plant’s safety
  • | VNA | August 03, 2012 06:03 PM
Vietnam will rely on the latest technological advances to ensure that its first nuclear power plant meets the highest possible safety standards, said Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Le Dinh Tien.
Tien made the affirmation at a conference in Hanoi to improve communications about nuclear power on August 2.

The plant, which is currently being built in the central province of Ninh Thuan, will be hundreds of times safer than the world's first reactors, which were built in the 1950s.

In 1996, the country started to prepare for the plant's development. The project was approved three years ago.

So far, Vietnam has issued about 80 official documents covering nuclear power regulations and safety standards.

In 2010, the Government approved US$143 million for a project to develop human resources in the nuclear sector.

Deputy head of Nuclear Energy Department Hoang Anh Tuan said that high quality human resources will be a decisive factor behind the success of nuclear power development.

The country's significant investment in technology and staff training demonstrates Vietnam's consistent commitment to developing nuclear power, he added.

According to the World Nuclear Association, after the Fukushima accident in March 2011, some countries such as Germany and Belgium announced they would give up nuclear power, while other countries including the Republic of Korea, Iran, and Belarus continued to rely on the energy source.

Deputy Minister Tien said that with the country's increasing electricity demand, nuclear power is indispensable. While other clean sources of energy like wind and solar power have huge potential, they cannot yet provide enough energy for the whole country.

About 30 countries and territories worldwide have nuclear power plants with 433 nuclear reactors, making up 17 percent of total world power supply. This helps ensure the world's energy security, he said.

According to the Master Plan for National Power Development, which covers the 2011-20 period with a vision to 2030 and has been approved by the Prime Minister, the first two units in Ninh Thuan will be put into operation in 2020 and are expected to generate 2,000 MW per year. By 2050, Vietnam hopes to generate enough nuclear power to account for 20-25 percent of its energy consumption.

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