Tuesday, December 12, 2006

IAEA to help Vietnam develop atomic power

Tuesday December 12, 2006

Hanoi, Dec 12 (Xinhua) The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has plans to help Vietnam conduct further research and develop atomic power, according to local media reports Tuesday.

The IAEA has approved six projects valued at almost $1.5 million for Vietnam in the 2007-2008 period. The projects cover industrial application, nuclear analysis technology, radioactive solid waste management, promotion of legal capacity for nuclear agencies, medical application and related human resources development, Vietnam News newspaper reported.

The projects are a follow-up to a 2001-2006 programme, under which the IAEA offered technical assistance to 24 projects on energy development, with total investment of over $2.6 million. The IAEA has provided over $1.5 million in equipment for the projects in the five-year period.

IAEA Director General Mohamed El Baradei paid a three-day visit to Vietnam that concluded Monday.

The IAEA has supported the country in a number of projects on technical cooperation, staff training and laboratory construction, since it joined the world nuclear watchdog in 1978.
Vietnam's sole nuclear reactor, which officially became operational in Lam Dong province in 1984, has a capacity of 500 KW. It is used for training and research purposes.


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