The presidents of Vietnam and South Korea have signed a joint statement acknowledging plans to cooperate in the construction of a nuclear power plant in Vietnam.
|Pesidents Truong Tan Sang and Lee Myung-bak stride purposefully towards nuclear cooperation (Image: Cheong Wa Dae)
The two leaders formally adopted a joint statement on cooperation between Vietnam and Korea during a three-day state visit to Korea by Vietnamese president Truong Tan Sang. They also approved a joint plan on nuclear power plant construction which they agreed to use as a basis for future cooperative projects.
The Vietnamese government announced in February 2006 that a 2000 MWe nuclear power plant should be on line by 2020. Since 2008, plans have called for two reactors totalling 2000 MWe at Phuoc Dinh in the southern Ninh Thuan province. Two further reactors are planned at a second Ninh Thuan site, Vinh Hai. Ultimately a total of eight reactors are envisaged at the two Ninh Thuan sites, coming on line between 2020 and 2029, and two reactors are also proposed for third site in central Vietnam.
Under an intergovernmental agreement signed in October 2010, Russia's AtomStroyExport is to provide the first two Ninh Thuan units, with construction pencilled in to start in 2014. Intergovernmental agreements and accords have been signed with Japan to cover the construction of the first two units at the second Ninh Thuan site.
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