The Da Lat nuclear reactor, where students majoring in nuclear technology at Da Lat University will practice with nuclear power technology
Vietnam expects to finish building and start operating more than ten nuclear power engines with a total capacity of around 15,000 – 16,000 megawatts per year by 2030, the Department of Thermal and Nuclear Power has announced.
Le Van Luc, head of the department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, said the capacity produced by the ten plants will account for around 10 percent of the total capacity of the country’s power system.
Those plants are set to be built in the central provinces of Ninh Thuan, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Quang Ngai and Ha Tinh.
The government is now working on three issues for developing nuclear power: regulatory documents on nuclear power, programs for training and developing human resources for nuclear power projects, and preparation for the process of investing and building nuclear power plants, according to Luc.
He said human resources was the primary factor.
In the meantime, some local universities have cooperated with foreign partners in Japan, Russia, France and South Korea on nuclear technology training for Vietnam, he said.
Nguyen Nhi Dien, deputy head of the Vietnam Nuclear Energy Institute and head of the Da Lat Nuclear Research Institute, said the mission of training human resources for nuclear power at Vietnamese universities has been facing many difficulties due to the lack of both laboratories for practical experience and teachers.
“Yet in the coming time, we hope that our process of developing the human resources for nuclear power of Vietnam will get better thanks to the enhancement in technology and equipment as well as the cooperation with foreign partners,” Dien said.
He added that hundreds of students have been sent to study nuclear power abroad by the Ministry of Training and Education and the country’s power utility Electricity of Vietnam (EVN).
Previously, the Vietnam Energy Association said Vietnam would not suffer from power shortages due to the delay in construction of its first nuclear power plant until 2020 since around 10 new thermal power plants would be built by then.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung announced early this year that country’s first nuclear power projects, Ninh Thuan 1 and 2, to be built in the central province of the same name, would be postponed because Vietnam was not yet ready.
The original plan was to finish site clearance and the selection of contractors and experts for Ninh Thuan 1 by 2015 with building to be completed by 2020. The plant is expected to go on stream with an annual capacity of around 1,000 MW.
The ten thermal power plants include Long Phu 1 and 2, Duyen Hai 1, 2, and 3, and Vinh Tan 2 and 4, which would add a total capacity of nearly 10,000 megawatts.