VietNamNet Bridge – “The National Assembly (NA) has approved the construction of nuclear power plants in the Ninh Thuan province, and the plan has not been changed until now”, said NA Office Chair Tran Dinh Dan on March 17, during a press conference on the upcoming NA session. Dan said that the incident at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant can affect the world nuclear power development strategy. “The incident in Japan will be the lesson for other countries, including Vietnam. The Government and the Prime Minister will pay special attention to the nuclear power projects and safety will be the top priority when the projects are implemented.” According to Dan, this issue will be discussed at NA sessions and the government would have answers for it. Nguyen Sy Dung, Vice Chair of the NA Office, stated that in the upcoming NA session, the last of the 12th tenure; they will approve four bills: the Law on Independent Auditing; Law on … [Read more...] about Nuclear power project in Vietnam still on the way
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Hanoi Times - The Vice Chairman of the NA’s Committee for Science, Technology and Environment, Nguyen Dang Vang, made the statement regarding the controversial issue while meeting with the press on the sidelines of the ongoing NA session in Hanoi . He said the country’s energy demand sees an annual growth rate of 17 percent while the energy production annually increases by only 13-14 percent, adding that some 32 months are enough for Vietnam to prepare personnel for the industry. As Vietnam is facing insufficiency of hydro-electric and thermo-electric sources, the nuclear power solution will supply power at a low cost, equal to 60-65 percent as compared with other solutions, with limited impacts on the environment. According to a draft prepared by the Ministry of Industry and Trade to be submitted to the NA, Vietnam will build two nuclear power plants in the central coastal province of Ninh Thuan, with four 1,000 MW nuclear reactors. It is expected that … [Read more...] about Vietnam capable of running nuclear power plants
Hanoi Times - Vietnam sees the need to build nuclear power plants to ensure energy security and places safety first in implementing the projects, said an official in charge for a project to build the country’s first nuclear power plant in central Ninh Thuan province on Sept. 5. Phan Minh Tuan, head of the project’s investment board, made the remark at a meeting with representatives of over 400 local families in Ninh Phuoc and Ninh Hai districts, where the first nuclear power plant will be located. According to him, the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) and relevant agencies will select the world’s advanced technologies for the project to ensure safety in its construction and operation. The meeting, held alongside with a three-day exhibition-cum-seminar on nuclear power technologies of Japan, a leading country in nuclear power development, aimed to help Ninh Thuan residents understand more about nuclear power towards public consensus on construction of the … [Read more...] about Safety first in building nuclear power plants
The new Iranian Parliament opened on Sunday, its first session since Iran’s general elections on May 4. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in the opening ceremony that the inauguration of the new Iranian legislature is a powerful message by which the Iranian nation addresses the contemporary world. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that the Iranian government and the parliament should cooperate to materialize the values of the Islamic revolution. Ahmadinejad said that cooperation between the government and the parliament is necessary to withstand the enemies’s pressure. Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation Fereydoon Abbasi said on Sunday that Iran wants to build a new nuclear power plant by 2014. He said a 1,000-megawatt plant will be built in Bushehr. He also said Tehran had “no reason” to suspend its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent because Iran produces only as much of the 20 percent fuel as it needs. … [Read more...] about Iran will build a new nuclear power plant by 2014
Hanoi Times - Scientists have been debating about whether to build one reactor in the immediate future or multiple reactors at the same time. According to the draft plan of the Ministry of Industry and Trade on nuclear power development, Vietnam will build two nuclear power plants in the southern province of Ninh Thuan with four reactors, each with the capacity of 1,000 MW. The reactors will be put into operation between 2020 and 2024. One reactor is a good start Nuclear power proves to be a suitable solution as the world is facing an energy crisis, so the country’s plan to develop nuclear power after 2020 is considered a reasonable strategy. Prof Dr Pham Duy Hien, former Head of the Vietnam Nuclear Energy Institute, said that in the first period of nuclear power development, Vietnam should have one reactor only. It would be able to learn much from the reactor’s operation which would serve the construction and operation of other reactors in the … [Read more...] about Nuclear power: Should Vietnam build 4 reactors at once?