A delegation from the Russian State Duma’s Energy Committee held a working session on July 17 with leaders of the central province of Ninh Thuan on ways to speed up construction of the Ninh Thuan 1 nuclear power plant in the province.
Deputy Chairman of Duma’ Energy Committee Sergei Levchenko, who is leading the delegation, said the plant construction of the plant, undertaken by Rosatom Corporation, was too slow because of objective reasons from both sides.
According to the agreement signed earlier between the two countries, Russia will begin capital disbursement for the project in 2014. However, the technical engineering and design of the plant has yet to be approved, hindering the pace of construction. In addition, the fact that no specific agency has been named to supervise construction is also a problem.
Secretary of the Binh Thuan provincial Party Committee Nguyen Chi Dung said the project has won approval of local people, but the delay could arouse concerns among the population which would not be in the interest of the project in the long term.
He urged the Russian consultants to early define the location and boundary of the project so that the province can select suitable plans to relocate local residents.
The Russian side stated they would do their best to ensure the project meets schedule, adding that a university in Voronhez province, where there is an operating nuclear power plant, has been ready to sign a partnership with Ninh Thuan province to train human resources for the Ninh Thuan 1 plant.