Russia will build nuclear research facilities in Hanoi and Da Lat, Vietnam News Agency reported Monday.
The report quoted Russian state radio as saying Russia will build a 15 MW research reactor in the Central Highlands town of Da Lat, while a complex of nuclear laboratories and other facilities will be located in Hanoi, Vietnam's capital city.
Vietnam and Russia signed an agreement on the building of the facilities, officially called Nuclear Science and Technology Centers, in November last year.
According to Vuong Huu Tan, director of the Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute, construction is scheduled to begin in June next year.
The Russian-funded facilities are expected to be operational in October, 2018, he said.
The centers are expected to provide scientific and technological assistance for the Ninh Thuan 1 Nuclear Power Plant, a Vietnam-Russia cooperative project, which will be built in 2014 and open for operations in 2020.