The second annual Nuclear Power Asia 2011 conference opened in Hanoi on January 18, drawing the participation of over 120 delegates from Asian countries.

The two-day conference aims to create opportunities for State management agencies, nuclear power experts and businesses in Vietnam to exchange information and learn from the experience of advanced countries about key issues relating to nuclear power projects.

Participants at the event discussed the prospects and role of nuclear power, nuclear power development in the region, opportunities for cooperation programmes and resources and technology in this field.

They said that nuclear power development will help diversify power supplies, strengthen energy security and ensure the rational use of local resources while boosting the development of many other industries and economic sectors.

It will also reduce polluting gas emissions, meet the national energy demand and preserve fossil fuels, they added.

According to Electricity of Vietnam (EVN), Vietnam is urgently making preparations to begin construction of the Ninh Thuan 1 Nuclear Power Plant in 2014 and put its first turbine into operation in 2020./.