Last update: 10:33 | 14/07/2017
The Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation (ROSATOM) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Vietnam on the construction of a Centre for Nuclear Energy Science and Technology (CNEST) in Vietnam during the recent Russia visit by President Tran Dai Quang.
Novovoronezh nuclear power plant of Russia
The deal is expected to help Vietnam access modern and reliable nuclear technology from one of the world’s largest nuclear technology providers.
Vietnam and Russia signed an inter-governmental agreement on cooperation in building CNEST in Vietnam in 2011, and inked a framework agreement in 2014.
The centre will have a nuclear reactor designed by Russia, a multifunctional cyclotron, a R&D lab and a technology complex, as well as modern nuclear facilities.
CNEST is expected to be a hub for research and development with the main task of research and application of nuclear technology for the interest of society. Its nuclear research will also serve various sectors, including material science, industry, agriculture, health care and other important civil areas. The centre also aims to train human resources for the sector.
Each year, radioactive isotopes produced by the centre are expected to be used to treat about 10,000 patients suffering cancers and cardiovascular diseases and other fatal diseases.
They will also be used to diagnose cancer, lung, endocrine and mental diseases on about 15,000 patients every year.
At the same time, CNEST will develop advanced technology in analysing underground water and soil samples, boosting the mining sector.
The nuclear reactor of the centre is set to have a longevity of at least 50 years. It will be regularly upgraded during operation, which is expected to increase its life cycle. The CNEST will also be expanded with additional labs and new facilities.
All equipment of the centre will meet nuclear safety requirements, ensuring that the centre’s operation does not affect the environment or neighbouring countries.
Over the past 50 years, ROSATOM has developed technologies and equipment for many centres, with 58 nuclear reactors erected in Russia. The firm installed nearly 20 percent of total research nuclear reactors in the world.
ROSATOM has pledged to provide Vietnam with proven technologies which have been used in the building of more than 120 nuclear reactors around the globe.