Conference on nuclear science, technology opens in Khanh Hoa

The Ministry of Science and Technology is assigned to carry out a VND200 billion communications project on nuclear power development in accordance with the approval. The focus of communications work will be on the positive effects of nuclear power development and infrastructure construction on socio-economic developments in the country. In the case of Ninh Thuan Nuclear Power project, migration, resettlement and human resources training should be brought into consideration. The public should be fully informed about the nuclear power development, radioactive waste management and treatment and State policy. A public relations centre will be set up by the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) to explain to local people who are concerned about the project getting off the ground in future. The PM has also asked Vietnam News Agency (VNA), Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV), Vietnam Television (VTV), provincial radio and television stations and mass media to cover the construction of Ninh Thuan Nuclear Power Plant as part of the country’s nuclear power development program in the coming period until 2030.... [read more]

The conference, the 10th of its kind, offers domestic and foreign experts and scientists the chance to learn from each other’s experience and exchange research results. It facilitates cooperation in promoting the application of atomic energy in Vietnam, paving the way towards the 2020 vision of viable nuclear power for peaceful purposes. The August 15–16 conference will hear presentations on more than 270 scientific experiments relating to nuclear physics (theory and practice), geophysics, geology, nuclear reactors, nuclear power plant location (geology, seismology, and disaster vulnerability), accelerators, nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, x-rays, atomic energy in agriculture, mineral exploration and exploitation, facility and radioactive waste management,, and nuclear safety. The training of qualified nuclear technicians and industry human resources will also be debated.... [read more]

In his speech, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Le Dinh Tien said, “the Fukushima nuclear accident, once again, reminds us to develop and use nuclear power for peaceful purposes in a responsible way, in which ensuring the highest standards of nuclear safety is the first priority”. Vietnam’s energy policy for the post-Fukushima period relies on diverse energy sources, he said, noting that the country is facing a future of limited fossil fuel sources becoming exhausted, while energy consumption, especially electricity consumption, is increasing rapidly. “We understand that nuclear power is a clean energy source with no carbon dioxide emissions and it could be considered as a feasible option to meet the country’s demand for energy,” he said. Vietnam decided to continue its nuclear energy program, Tien said, adding that under the new plan for electricity development for 2011-2020 with an orientation to 2030, which was adopted by the Government last July, Vietnam’s first nuclear power plant will be in commercial operation by 2020 and the share of nuclear power in total power generation will reach 10.1 percent by the year 2030. To realize the program, Vietnam is focusing on investment for developing sound nuclear infrastructure, including legal and regulatory systems, human resource development, developing a technical support organization and enhancing international cooperation to ensure safety, security and nonproliferation, Tien said. He also stressed the importance of regional and international cooperation, including through FNCA projects on safety management systems for nuclear facilities, radiation safety and radioactive waste management, along with…... [read more]

Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Le Dinh Tien made the remark at the plenary session of the 57th IAEA General Conference in Vienna, Austria, on September 17. Tien said as a responsible member of the global community in nuclear safety, security and non-proliferation, Vietnam completed the fuel conversion programme for its Da Lat research reactor during the past year. The country has also ratified the supplementary protocol to its Safeguards Agreement with IAEA, joined the Convention on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and ratified the revised section of the convention, the deputy minister said. At the same time, he affirmed that Vietnam has basically completed procedures to soon join the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and Radioactive Waste Management. Deputy Minister Tien also spoke about the process of Vietnam’s nuclear power project, and the use of nuclear power to serve socio-economic development in the country over the past year. On the sidelines of the event, the Vietnamese delegation held meetings with foreign counterparts and IAEA’s competent agencies with a view to expanding bilateral and multilateral cooperation in nuclear security, safety, inspection and infrastructure building.... [read more]

The session drew the participation of Austrian Vice President Moriz Pollack, 39 Ministers, 21 Deputy Ministers and Secretaries of State, Ambassadors, delegation heads along with nearly 3,000 delegates from 140 member countries and observers from 17 international organizations and 36 non-governmental organizations. In his opening speech, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano emphasized the importance of using nuclear technology to serve socio-economic development, especially sustainable development agenda after 2015, developing nuclear power in combination with responding to climate change so as to help member countries carry out development goals in terms of health, agriculture, water management and energy security. Director General Amano also highlighted the IAEA's technical assistance to developing countries, helping them give a smart choice of nuclear power development, share nuclear power technology experiences with other countries to ensure nuclear safety and radioactive waste management. The world now has 437 nuclear reactors operating in 30 countries, contributing 11% of total electricity production worldwide. 70 reactors are under construction in Asia which will see the fastest growth and need the most electrical energy. The 58th session Chairman from Sri Lanka hailed Vietnam's role as Chair of the Board of Governors of the IAEA and its contributions to the success of the working group on finance for Technical Cooperation Fund. Speaking at the session on September 23, the Vietnamese diplomat praised IAEA’s important role in implementing the three nuclear pillars-nuclear safety and security, nuclear scientific and technological applications and verification and inspection. He shared views on the need for a balance…... [read more]

Related News IAEA helps Vietnam detect nuclear terrorism risks By Toan Dao &nbspJuly 7, 2016 | 07:50 am GMT+7 Da Nang International Airport is the third airport to receive training from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). A group of experts from IAEA has had a working trip to Vietnam’s central city of Da Nang where they plan to install a radiation detection system at Da Nang International Airport, a statement from the municipal government shows. The system, which is able to automatically detect and give warning for radioactive sources, will be installed at the immigration and customs areas. It is part of the nuclear safety and security project that IAEA is deploying to help Vietnam Customs deal effectively with risks from illegally-imported nuclear materials and other radioactive sources in order to prevent and combat possible nuclear terrorism in Vietnam. The project will assist Vietnamese authorities to increase supervision activities and stop illegal imports of the banned materials into the country through sea, land and air routes. Part of the Da Nang International Airport. Photo by VnExpress/Doan Loan The country’s two main international airports, Noi Bai in Hanoi and Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City, already have the radiation detection system installed. Vietnam has become a member of the Joint Convention on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management since 2013. The Southeast Asian nation signed with the United States a pact on the peaceful use of nuclear energy, and participated in the Proliferation Security Initiative to stop trafficking…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Hoang Anh Tuan, director general of the Viet Nam Atomic Energy Agency, talked with the Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper about the treatment of nuclear waste in Viet Nam. Can you tell us about the public reaction to the development of nuclear power in Viet Nam, especially those who are relocated and those who will live within a 25km radius around the nuclear power plants Ninh Thuan 1 and 2? The projects are currently in the phase of compensation and site clearance, thus those who live within the plants' construction and fence surrounding the plants will have to move to other places. The problem people are interested in now is the time, compensation policies, living conditions and related welfare policies rather than radiation safety issues. Ninh Thuan Province has been assigned to settle issues relating to relocation and resettlement. These displaced people will receive compensation in estate, land for cultivation and livestock in accordance with the project's support policy. The Prime Minister has issued policies to support the socio-economic development of Ninh Thuan Province, including aid for resettlement of residents of the two districts that house nuclear power plants. The overall idea is that people support the building of the nuclear projects and they are ready to participate in it. Regarding radiation safety when the plant goes into operation, in principle, radiation will spread into the environment at a low level – below the permitted level. It is secured by a control system. There should be a response…... [read more]

Hoang Anh Tuan, director general of the Viet Nam Atomic Energy Agency, talked with the Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper about the treatment of nuclear waste in Viet Nam. Can you tell us about the public reaction to the development of nuclear power in Viet Nam, especially those who are relocated and those who will live within a 25km radius around the nuclear power plants Ninh Thuan 1 and 2? The projects are currently in the phase of compensation and site clearance, thus those who live within the plants' construction and fence surrounding the plants will have to move to other places. The problem people are interested in now is the time, compensation policies, living conditions and related welfare policies rather than radiation safety issues. Ninh Thuan Province has been assigned to settle issues relating to relocation and resettlement. These displaced people will receive compensation in estate, land for cultivation and livestock in accordance with the project's support policy. The Prime Minister has issued policies to support the socio-economic development of Ninh Thuan Province, including aid for resettlement of residents of the two districts that house nuclear power plants. The overall idea is that people support the building of the nuclear projects and they are ready to participate in it. Regarding radiation safety when the plant goes into operation, in principle, radiation will spread into the environment at a low level – below the permitted level. It is secured by a control system. There should be a response plan in case…... [read more]

The Hanoitimes - Plan for training and retraining of state management personnel, research - deployment and technical support by 2020 for development of nuclear power has been approved by the government. Accordingly, for the management of State personnel, curriculum, training for this object include: The content of the infrastructure development of nuclear power under the guidance of the International Atomic Energy Agency; evaluation and safety assessment; construction permits, operating licenses; safety inspection, quality management, environmental management and nuclear safeguards; technology, reactor safety, nuclear power plants and the related technical field; content management and techniques necessary for the design, manufacture, construction, operation and management of radioactive waste in nuclear power plant. For human studies - deployment and technical support, training content and fostering include: science and nuclear technology, the field of engineering in the design, manufacturing, construction and operation of nuclear power plants; radiation safety, nuclear safety; nuclear fuel cycle, radioactive waste management; incident response and nuclear radiation. In form and scale of training, will organize training, short-term internships (under 3 months) and long term (4-12 months) at home and abroad on the basis of qualifications, enhancing and depth for state management personnel and research - deployment and technical support. Specifically, for the management of State personnel, organizational knowledge, skill level and advanced base for 900 visitors in the form of short-term and long-term in the country; organizational knowledge and skills at an advanced level for 200 visitors in the form of short-term overseas; organize refresher courses, intensive long-term internships abroad…... [read more]

Scientists have proposed the establishment of a state company specialised in storing radioactive waste ahead of the construction of two nuclear power plants in Ninh Thuan province. The proposal on radioactive waste management was one of the key issues discussed at the three-day second Nuclear Regulations Conference that ended yesterday at Da Lat City in central highland province Lam Dong. More than 400 national and international scientists and experts, including those from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), attended the conference. Stressing the importance of radioactive waste management, scientists noted that it was a crucial step to be taken before Ninh Thuan nuclear power plants become operational, especially as Vietnam lacks a specialised unit to monitor radioactive waste. Vietnam currently has only two agencies to store radioactive wastes, one of them is the Radioactive Management Unit of the Da Lat Nuclear Research Institute. According to Nguyen Nu Hoai Vi, Director of the Nuclear Control Division of the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety. The other agency is Hanoi-based Centre of Radioactive Wastes Management, in addition to four other storage for used radioactive materials located in different units. However, the two agencies and four storage units do not take in radioactive wastes from outside, leaving the other units that use radioactive materials to make their own arrangements to collect and keep their waste. "If those outside units cannot make a deal with material provider countries to take back wastes after use, they will have no choice but to keep such…... [read more]




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