Monday, May 19, 2008

Japan, Vietnam ink nuclear power deal

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam wanted Japan to help the country develop a safe nuclear programme, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai told visiting Japanese Deputy Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Nakano Masashi in Hanoi yesterday.

Nuclear power was new in Vietnam, Hai said, so the country hoped to continue receiving international support in this field, especially from Japan, a country well-experienced in developing nuclear power.

He said in the short term Vietnam wanted Japan to help train human resources and build a legal basis to boost development of nuclear energy.

Nakano Masashi informed Hai on the signing of the memorandum of co-operation (MoC) between the two countries pledging to jointly foster nuclear power development.

Nuclear deal

During the signing ceremony for the MoC yesterday, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Do Huu Hao represented Vietnam, and Deputy Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Masashi Nakano signed for Japan.

The MoC will create a legal framework for the two countries to continue developing human resources for Vietnam's first nuclear power plant, slated for operation by 2020.

Under the MoC, Japan will help Vietnam implement its strategy to use nuclear power for peaceful purposes as approved by Vietnamese Government in June 2007. Japan will also help educate experts in nuclear power and aid Vietnam in formulating safety regulations.

The two countries will negotiate co-operation agreements in areas like high-level delegation and information exchanges, conferences, forums and exhibitions.

The MoC would mark an obvious advance in the two ministries' co-ordination and help create a good environment for enterprises from the two nations to co-operate on nuclear power, said Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade.

Japan has gained experience with nuclear power safety and technology in terms of construction, operations and maintenance since the first nuclear plant began operation in 1966. As many as 55 nuclear power plants are operating in Japan with a total capacity of 47,700 MW. Thirteen others are planned or under construction.

Earlier, Vietnam inked several memoranda of understanding regarding nuclear power with South Korea, France, Russia, China and Canada.

Japan and Vietnam have already worked together in researching the possibilities of using nuclear power and building the first nuclear power plant in Vietnam.

(Source: Viet Nam News)