A Korean nuclear association will sponsor equipment priced at US$1 million to help train personnel for Vietnam’s nuclear technology and atomic power industry at a university in the Central Highlands, according to an agreement signed Wednesday.
KNA will deliver a system that simulates the operations of a reactor to the university, located in Da Lat City, in January next year.
It will continue supplying the school with Korean-technology machinery that imitates the control system of a reactor together with a hydrothermal simulation experiment platform to be used in nuclear reactions, after Da Lat University finishes building nuclear technology labs.
The total cost of the equipment amounts to $1 million, Dr Nguyen Duc Hoa, Da Lat University president, said.
The university will shift its training from atomic physics to nuclear engineering and nuclear technology applications with this technical support, Dr Hoa added.
Six local universities have been tasked with training a skilled workforce for the country’s nuclear power industry, including the Vietnam National University – Hanoi, the Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City, the Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Da Lat University, Electric Power University, and the University of Da Nang.
Vietnam has had plans to construct a $500 million nuclear technology center, possibly in Da Lat City, in two years, an expert said in August.
The Ministry of Science and Technology has been assigned to steer a project to start building the Nuclear Science and Technology Center with consultation from Russian experts by late 2015, Tran Chi Thanh, director of the Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute, said at a conference on nuclear technology in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
The Vietnamese government has approved a plan to put five nuclear power plants into operation in the central region between 2020 and 2030, given forecasts that the country will face a serious shortage of power by 2020.
Construction of the first two plants is expected to begin late next year and be completed by 2022, with power starting to be generated in late 2020.
Vietnam has decided to use Russian technology for the first facility and Japanese expertise for the other.