Vietnam shortlists two locations for first nuclear power plant

May 06,  2009 -- BBC Monitoring

The Vietnam Atomic Energy Commission and the International Atomic
> Energy Agency on May 6 held a seminar on the safety of nuclear power
> and appraise a number of proposed locations for Vietnam's nuclear
> power plant.
> The Electricity of Vietnam Group chose Phuoc Dinh commune in Ninh
> Phuoc district and Vinh Hai commune in Ninh Hai district, in the
> southeastern province of Ninh Thuan to accommodate Vietnam's first
> nuclear power plant.
> These areas are considered ideal for such a plant as they meet
> all safety requirements such as having no volcanoes, having sufficient
> water to cool the plant, little chance of earthquakes, no flooding,
> being far from major airports and roads, and being sparsely populated
> and convenient for transporting extremely long and heavy equipment to
> the plant.
> Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Le Dinh Tien said that
> more research should be conducted with more attention being paid to
> the balance between the benefits of a nuclear power plant and others
> such as tourism and maritime transport facilities. He asked the
> relevant agencies to draw up a list of other possible locations for
> the building of other nuclear power plants in the future, because the
> national grid needs more than one nuclear plant.
> The Ministry of Science and Technology is currently working on
> the necessary safety criteria before making a final decision on the
> exact site of Vietnam's first nuclear power plant.