Nation can trust nuclear power for safety, cleaner environment (26-06-2006) Le Van Hong, deputy chairman of the Viet Nam Atomic Energy Commission, spoke with Dai Doan Ket (Great Unity) newspaper about nuclear power plans in Viet Nam. Do you think thermal power plants are responsible for negatively affecting the environment? Just in the last decade, people have released a huge amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, much more than they have done in the past several hundred years. Currently, 80 per cent of the energy we produce is made from burning coal, oil and gas. A coal-fuelled power plant with a 1,000 MW design capacity releases 320,000 tonnes of ash, excluding other heavy metals. Scientists say that 25 billion of tonnes of carbon dioxide is released into the air annually (as much as 800 tonnes of gas released per second). So many industrial countries in the world use nuclear power, as it is considered cleaner power than burning coal, oil and gas. … [Read more...] about Nation can trust nuclear power for safety, cleaner environment
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Scientist says nuclear power key to achieving national development (14-04-2008) Deputy director Le Van Hong of the Viet Nam Atomic Energy Commission (VAEC) spoke with Viet Nam News about the RCA meeting results and the country's nuclear development potential. Would you discuss the outcome of the 30th meeting of RCA [Asia-Pacific Regional Co-operative Agreement on Nuclear Science] representatives? All members reviewed resolutions issued at the 29th meeting of RCA representatives and the implementation progress for the short and medium term. Specifically, we reviewed the implementation of 14 projects supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and approved last year in Australia. We also discussed action plans for 2008 and the 2009-11 period. We had to consider how to work with other international organisations in realising these plans. This year, we also began six new projects. We prioritised issues like food safety and nutrition, healthcare, industrial development, … [Read more...] about Scientist says nuclear power key to achieving national development
Tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied in Tokyo on Monday calling for an end to nuclear energy in Japan after the March 11 disaster that sparked the worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl. About 60,000 people gathered for the anti-nuclear rally, organisers said, one of the biggest since the earthquake and tsunami and the following disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. "No more nuclear power plants! No more Fukushimas!" the demonstrators chanted under scorching sunshine as they flocked to Meiji Park, in the centre of the capital, ahead of the march. The demonstration, organised by several anti-nuclear groups, also saw residents evacuated from areas outside the Fukushima Daiichi plant some 220 kilometres (136 miles) northeast of Tokyo take part. Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has pledged to draw up a new energy policy focusing on renewable energy sources but stopped short of ruling out the future use of nuclear power following the Fukushima disaster. Japan had … [Read more...] about Thousands protest against nuclear power in Japan
The electricity demand in Vietnam is expected to double in ten years, making electricity shortages many times more serious than nowadays. In this circumstance, nuclear power proves to be a good alternative energy. According to Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Do Huu Hao, Vietnam needs 12-13,000MW this year, while operational power plants just can provide 12,000 MW at maximum. The electricity shortage will become more serious in 10 or 20 years - if the energy structure does not see basic changes. It is expected that by 2015, the gap between the power demand and the capacity will be 46.3bil kwh (low scenario), and 102.4bil kwh (high scenario). The figures would be much higher by 2020: 159.8 bil kwh in low scenario and 270.8bil kwh in high scenario What are the alternatives? Let's talk about hydropower. A lot of hydropower plants have been built in Vietnam, but regrettably, the 'white and clean' natural resource is not inexhaustible. After the Son La Hydropower Plant, Vietnam will … [Read more...] about Nuclear power is on the horizon
Hanoi Times - Scientists have been debating about whether to build one reactor in the immediate future or multiple reactors at the same time. According to the draft plan of the Ministry of Industry and Trade on nuclear power development, Vietnam will build two nuclear power plants in the southern province of Ninh Thuan with four reactors, each with the capacity of 1,000 MW. The reactors will be put into operation between 2020 and 2024. One reactor is a good start Nuclear power proves to be a suitable solution as the world is facing an energy crisis, so the country's plan to develop nuclear power after 2020 is considered a reasonable strategy. Prof Dr Pham Duy Hien, former Head of the Vietnam Nuclear Energy Institute, said that in the first period of nuclear power development, Vietnam should have one reactor only. It would be able to learn much from the reactor's operation which would serve the construction and operation of other reactors in the future. The success … [Read more...] about Nuclear power: Should Vietnam build 4 reactors at once?