|Construction on a power supply system that will serve Viet Nam's first nuclear power plant started yesterday in the central province of Ninh Thuan.— Photo nguoiduatin
NINH THUAN (VNS) — Construction on a power supply system that will serve Viet Nam's first nuclear power plant started yesterday in the central province of Ninh Thuan's Phuoc Dinh Commune in Thuan Nam District.
The system is among six infrastructure development projects currently in progress in preparation for the building of the mega nuclear power plant, Ninh Thuan Nuclear Power Plant 1. Upon completion, the system would ensure a stable and safe power supply for the power plant's construction, said Pham Le Thanh, general director of Electricity of Viet Nam (EVN), the project's main investor.
Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai said at a ceremony yesterday that nuclear power would play an important role in the country's social and economic development. It would ensure energy security, help protect the environment and enhance the country's scientific and technological potential, he said.
The Government carefully researched where to install the plant and what technology would be needed to meet safety and efficiency requirements, Hai said. He asked EVN and the Ninh Thuan Nuclear Power Plant management board to work closely with contractors to make sure the construction followed current regulations on investment and quality management.
The system includes a 110/22kV-25 MVA transformer station and a 110kV power grid, running 13.63 km through Phuoc Nam and Phuoc Dinh communes in Thuan Nam District and Phuoc Hai commune in Ninh Phuoc District.
Construction on Ninh Thuan Nuclear Power Plants 1 and 2 was scheduled to start in 2014. However, at a meeting in January, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said incomplete preparations would push the start date back to 2020. So far, reports on the project's feasibility and documents needing approval from ministries, sectors and the State council for assessment have been completed. Along with starting infrastructure projects, EVN has sent 24 engineers and 235 out of the total 325 trainees to study nuclear power in Russia and Japan. — VNS