Russia promises complete safety for Vietnam's 1st nuclear plant

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The design of Vietnam's first nuclear power plant incorporates the most comprehensive safety factors, a spokesperson for the Russian company that will start building the plant in 2014 was quoted as saying Wednesday.

Newswire VnExpress quoted Petr Shchedrovitsky from the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation, or "Rosatom," as saying the plant would use the advanced technology currently used by 80 percent of nuclear plants around the world.

It would not face the problems seen at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant, he said. The plant was crippled by a massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11 last year, leading to one of the world's worst nuclear crisis.

Vietnam can rest completely assured about Russia's safety standards, which are higher than international ones, Shchedrovitsky said.

He is currently in Vietnam with a Rosatom delegation for further discussions on atomic cooperation.

In October 2010 Vietnam signed a multi-billion-dollar deal with Russia to build the 4,000 MW nuclear power plant in the central province of Ninh Thuan. It is expected to begin operation in 2020.

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Russia agreed last year to provide Vietnam credit of US$9 billion for the project, and has also been training Vietnamese technicians, according to the newswire.

A second nuclear power plant is also planned to be built in Ninh Thuan by 2020, and 13 plants in all with a total capacity of 16,000 MW in the next two decades.

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