70 Vietnamese sent to Russia for nuclear training

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Vietnam has sent 70 people to Russia to receive training in nuclear technology, the Deputy Minister of Science and Technology said at a Hanoi conference Tuesday.

The overseas training is estimated to last until 2020 and cost VND2 trillion (US$95.7 million), Le Dinh Tien said at the conference on global nuclear power in 2012, Saigon Tiep Thi reported. 

Along with the human resource preparation needed to implement Vietnam's nuclear power plans, Tien said Vietnam will sign a loan agreement with Japan this year to start work on the second nuclear power plant in the central coastal Ninh Thuan Province.

The loan will be separate from Japan's official development assistance to Vietnam, as Japan is a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which does not allow provision of ODA for nuclear power projects, he said.

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Vietnam plans to develop 10,700 megawatts from nuclear power in 2030, accounting for around 10 percent of the total power output.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said in a statement last week that Vietnam is determined to develop nuclear power for generating electricity.

He said Russia has agreed to lend Vietnam $10.5 billion to carry out the plan.

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