Vietnam and Russia are planning to build a US$500 million atomic energy research center comprising two units in central and northern Vietnam next year, with their operation slated for five years later. The Russian government will provide loans for the development of the center, Vyacheslav Pershukov, deputy general director of Rosatom Atomic Energy Group, said Tuesday during a dialogue in the Central Highlands city of Da Lat.
Rosatom Atomic Energy Group and the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology are preparing the necessary conditions for the construction of the center in 2015, Pershukov said.
They have selected the locations and formulated a feasibility plan for the two units – one in Da Lat or its adjacent area, and the other in Hanoi, he said. The center is expected to be completed in 2020 when 400-500 Vietnamese and foreign experts will be employed to work at the two units, Pershukov added. The Russian-funded center is considered a basis for the establishment of the Ninh Thuan 1 nuclear power plant, which will be built by Russian contractors in the central province of Ninh Thuan, the Russian said. Experts on atomic energy from both sides have built research programs for the center. Specifically, in the Da Lat unit, Rosatom has proposed building a new nuclear reactor that has a capacity of 15MW, 30 times more than that of the existing nuclear reactor in the city. The unit will also conduct experimental radiation research. Meanwhile, the Hanoi unit will carry out studies on nuclear reactions on computers and real time simulation systems, which are not related to radiation-containing materials. The Vietnamese government has approved a plan to put five nuclear power plants into operation in the central region between 2020 and 2030, given forecasts that the country will face a serious power shortage by 2020.