Vietnam and Russia will sign an agreement on the building of the Nuclear Science and Technology Center in Vietnam next month, Vuong Huu Tan, director of the Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute (VAEC) told Tuoi Tre newspaper Saturday.
Following the signing, it will take one year to draft planning, including the location, for the project, according to Tan.
The VAEC has proposed that the center be located in Hoa Binh - a mountainous province in the nation's northwestern region.
Tan told Tuoi Tre work on the center would officially start in June 2013.
The center is expected to be operational in October 2018, he said.
The center will need 350 staff members, including 200 researchers, 60 operating and maintaining workers and 30 project management officers.
Vietnam will send officers to Russia for training by the end of this year.
The center is expected to provide scientific and technological assistance for the Ninh Thuan 1 Nuclear Power Plant, a Vietnam-Russia cooperative, which will be built in 2014 and operational in 2020.