Experts examine nuclear feasibility

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Experts examine nuclear feasibilityReports on the feasibility of two nuclear power plants will be completed next year, then submitted to the Government, said Nguyen Manh Hung, deputy head of the project management board.

Experts are working on the feasibility studies of the Ninh Thuan 2 and 1 plants due to be completed by the end of March and July, respectively.

The design for the plant’s infrastructure will also be completed in 2013 so that construction can begin the following year.

“Building a nuclear plant on the coast typically takes five years, and preparatory work takes about two years,” Hung said.

Preliminary work on Vietnam’s two plants began in 2006 and the project was formally approved in 2009.

As for the plant’s employees, Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) sent 15 officers to Japan and 30 students to Russia for training purposes.

The Project Management Board also recruited 53 students to study in Russia for 6 years. Among the 83 students, 26 came from central Ninh Thuan Province, where the plants will be built.

EVN is asking ministries and agencies to promptly prepare legal documents for the survey, design, construction and operation of the plants. The group also proposed that the Government soon work out the salary for officials and staff participating in the project in order to attract qualified employees.

The Ninh Thuan nuclear power project and 10 component projects, including six funded by EVN, received approval from the Prime Minister. Ninh Thuan 1 will be built in Thuan Nam District, and Ninh Thuan 2 in Ninh Hai District.

VNS/VOV online

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