Vietnam plans for first nuclear power plant

20 October 2005 – Vietnam’s first nuclear power plant could be in operation by 2017 after a pre-feasibility study was submitted to the government by a national energy agency.

Speaking at a press conference following a meeting with French nuclear technology experts, an official from the Vietnam Institute of Energy said: “We’ve submitted to the government a pre-feasibility study on building a 2000 MW nuclear power plant either in Ninh Phuoc or Ninh Hai. The total investment for it is $3.4bn.”

The pre-feasibility study scheduled for the plant to begin operation between 2017 and 2020 in the central province of Ninh Thuan. The official said a partner for the project had yet to be selected and that several more international meetings were planned in the near future.

Vietnam’s government has previously said the country would have to import nuclear fuel to begin with and cited Canada, France, Japan, Russia and the US as the most likely sources.