Students are examining a model of a nuclear reactor displayed in an exhibition in Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa province. (Source: VNA)

Khanh Hoa (VNA) – Vietnam’s nuclear power development strategy and the construction of its first nuclear power plants in the central province of Ninh Thuan have been introduced to local residents in central Khanh Hoa province.

At a workshop held in Nha Trang city on December 16, experts from the Vietnam Atomic Energy Agency, the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety and the General Department of Energy presented reports relating to the development of nuclear power in the world.

They also referred to nuclear power’s role in Vietnam’s national energy security and the general overview of the Nuclear Power Plants in Ninh Thuan, regulations on safety and security of a nuclear power plant.

According to Hoang Anh Tuan, General Director of the Vietnam Atomic Energy Agency, nuclear power has become a choice of many countries in the world.

According to data from the International Atomic Energy Agency ( IAEA ), as of September 2015, nuclear power plants have been built in 31 countries and territories with a total of 438 reactors and contribute 11.5 percent of the total electricity output in the world. Another 67 reactors are currently under construction.

Doan The Vinh, Deputy Head of the Thermal Electricity and Nuclear Power Department under the General Department of Energy, said Vietnam has issued many documents and decisions on developing nuclear power in its national strategy for energy development through 2020 with a vision to 2030.

The National Assembly approved a resolution on investments for the nuclear power plants in Ninh Thuan in 2009 and the Prime Minister issued decision No 906/QD-TTg in 2010 approving the guidelines on developing nuclear power in Vietnam through 2030.

Ninh Thuan possesses all necessary conditions for the implementation of the two nuclear power plants with a combined capacity of 1,000 MW, using technologies from Japan and Russia.

On the sidelines of the workshop, the organisers held an exhibition displaying materials and photos relating to the national strategy for energy development and the nuclear power plants in Ninh Thuan.-VNA