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Why Vietnam dumped its plans for commercial nuclear power

Beyond Nuclear 23rd July 2018 , A convincing list of arguments persuaded Vietnam to change its mind.
Vietnam had been planning to build 14 nuclear reactors, with the first
provided by Russia. But on November 22, 2016 the country abruptly canceled
its nuclear energy plans.

This occurred shortly after an international
delegation visited officials and presented them with the “road map”
below. Originally titled, Nuclear Power in Vietnam: challenges and
alternatives, this article was based on scientific information, experiences
from Germany, Japan and South Africa, and two workshops on “Nuclear power
development in Vietnam and worldwide”, organized in Hanoi in early
October 2016.

This is a deterrence road map that every country considering
a nuclear power program should read. The full list of authors can be found
at the end of the article. Although Vietnam has now signed a “framework
agreement” with India that includes nuclear energy, this appears to be
for a “research reactor.” Commercial nuclear power for electricity
remains unlikely.

July 27, 2018 - Posted by | general

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