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Public support plays role in nuclear plans

Update: November, 14/2015 - 09:34
The senoir officialls of International Atomic Energy Agency visit location to build the Nuclear Power Plant in Ninh Thuan Province. — Photo

NINH THUAN (VNS)— Viet Nam has witnessed significant steps in the development of nuclear power, said Arnold Soetrisnanto, chairman of the Indonesian Nuclear Society, yesterday while attending a workshop entitled "Public acceptance of nuclear technologies: sharing Asian experience" in the southern province of Ninh Thuan.

In an assessment of Indonesian Nuclear Society and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on abilities of a nation to develop nuclear power, Viet Nam scored 12 out of 19 points. State support is Viet Nam's advantage, he said.

The international workshop, held by the Viet Nam Atomic Energy Agency and Russia's State Atomic Energy Corporation (ROSATOM), was a platform for nuclear electricity experts from Asian countries to share experience in attracting public acceptance of nuclear technologies.

It is necessary to improve the public acceptance in the growth of nuclear power sector, which is still new in Viet Nam, as well as share roles of relevant agencies in developing Vietnamese nuclear power industry, Hoang Anh Tuan, director general of the Viet Nam Atomic Energy Agency said.

The first nuclear power plant in Indonesia was selected to be located in Muria of Java island but encountered disagreement from the government and local residents. Indonesia could see clearly the importance of public acceptance in the successful implementation of nuclear power projects, Soetrisnanto said.

Srisht Pall Singh, leading nuclear specialist from the Indian nuclear society, said that it was impossible to develop nuclear power without public acceptance.

India's successful construction of reactors was a good example for Viet Nam to follow, he added.

During the event, Andrey Stankevich, a representative from ROSATOM in Viet Nam, highlighted ROSATOM's support in Viet Nam's programmes to improve public awareness about nuclear power.

In December 2012, a nuclear science and technology centre built by ROSATOM was opened in Viet Nam and received over 45,000 visitors.

Viet Nam is teaming with Russian utility and ROSATOM on the country's first nuclear power plant, a two-reactor facility, in Ninh Thuan. The first reactor, with a total capacity of 2,000 megawatts, is scheduled to come online in 2020. — VNS

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