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Viet Nam and the UK boost co-operation on nuclear energy

Update: February, 16/2012 - 16:33

HA NOI – A seminar to push co-operation on nuclear energy between Viet Nam and the United Kingdom opened in the capital today.

The seminar, attended by representatives and scientists from the Ministry of Science and Technology and the British Embassy in Viet Nam, discussed the legal framework and selecting, deployment and supporting technology for a nuclear power programme as well as the development of a labour force and risk management during construction.

They also talked about ways to develop and apply nuclear energy in the two countries and promote co-operation.

Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Le Dinh Tien said Viet Nam acknowledged that developing nuclear power was a complicated task that required synchronous laws, infrastructure, scientists, technology, technicians and financial resources.

He confirmed that the seminar would help the country's policy makers, investors, managers and domestic nuclear power experts gain experience in implementing its first nuclear power project in central Ninh Thuan Province.

British Ambassador to Viet Nam Antony Stokes emphasized the importance of nuclear energy co-operation between Viet Nam and the UK.

The country's project was approved by the National Assembly last year. It will include two plants in Ninh Thuan with a combined investment of around VND200 trillion (roughly US$11 billion). The Ninh Thuan I and Ninh Thuan II nuclear power plants would be operational by 2020 and have the capacity to generate 10,700MW by 2030. -- VNS

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