France pledges help for Vietnam’s first nuclear power plant

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Thanhnien News 10 July 2007

French ambassador in Hanoi, G.F Blarel, gave the assurance at a seminar in the Vietnamese capital Tuesday where he also handed over to Vietnam the thermal-hydraulic system code CATHARE, a software for simulating severe accident sequences in a nuclear reactor.

The seminar, on nuclear energy, was organized by Vietnam’s industry and science and technology ministries and the French embassy. The western European nation has 58 nuclear reactors generating electricity.

The French Nuclear Energy Research Agency has promised to provide support for drafting relevant laws, training personnel, and to share its expertise.

Since 2002 it has been cooperating with the Vietnam Nuclear Energy Institute, Energy Institute, Ministry of Science and Technology, and universities in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Deputy Minister of Industry Do Huu Hao said the nuclear plant was expected to be operational by 2020 in the southern Ninh Thuan province.

The 2,000 MW plant is estimated to cost US$3.4 billion.