Welcoming INPRO's 36th Member - Vietnam
Feb 9, 2012
The President of the Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute (VINATOM) Prof Vuong Huu Tan, has informed the IAEA about Vietnam’s decision to apply for membership in INPRO.
“I would like to express the IAEA’s appreciation for the interest in, and support of INPRO expressed by the Vietnam Government and welcome Vietnam as a member of INPRO”, said Mr Alexander Bychkov, IAEA Deputy Director General for Nuclear Energy and INPRO Project Manager.
Mr Bychkov also invited Vietnam, who is a nuclear ‘newcomer’, to consider performing a Nuclear Energy System Assessment (NESA) using the INPRO methodology as part of the country’s long-range nuclear energy strategy development. “The IAEA would be ready to support such a NESA through training, capacity building and expert assistance for preparing, conducting and evaluating the study”, Mr Bychkov added.
To meet the country’s growing energy needs, in 2009 the Government of Vietnam decided to build the country’s first nuclear power plants, Ninh Thuan1 and Nin Thuan 2. Each nuclear power plant will consist of four units, which will progressively be connected to the grid between 2020 and 2027.