IAEA 'to help Vietnam develop nuclear power’

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has pledged to support Vietnam in the construction of nuclear power plants in the country. The agency is to send experts to Vietnam to […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has pledged to support Vietnam in the construction of nuclear power plants in the country.

The agency is to send experts to Vietnam to discuss building infrastructure, safety and other issues related to nuclear energy.

Yukiya Amano, the IAEA Director General is said to have made the commitment during his visit to the capital city of Hanoi yesterday.

The IAEA funded around €1 million (£0.8m) to develop technical projects in Vietnam, including nuclear energy infrastructure and laboratory upgrading during 2012 and 2013.

The nation is planning to build its first two nuclear power plants in the Ninh Thuan province, located around 1,100km south of the capital. Construction is expected to start this year with plants expected to be ready by the end of the decade.