Pursuing a nuclear deterrent against Chinese aggression would undermine the country’s international reputation and destabilize relations with Beijing.
For over a decade people in two Ninh Thuan Province villages have been waiting for a final decision by the government on two proposed nuclear power plants.
Vietnam’s National Assembly Economic Committee has proposed that the Government should remain committed to plans for two NPPs in the central province of Ninh Thuan instead of scrapping the project for the sake of its future development potential.
Vietnam should restart its nuclear energy program by 2030 to reach the goal of carbon emission neutrality that it has committed to achieve by 2050, said experts.
Vietnam says it will proceed with a project to build a 10-megawatt nuclear research reactor with Russian help, a move seen as a new step toward reviving plans to build nuclear power plants a decade after the Fukushima disaster.
Vietnam was elected to the 2021-2023 term Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) during its latest session in Vienna.
Clean and reliable nuclear energy could help Vietnam meet its growing power demand over the long term and ensure its development is not derailed, experts say.
All it will take is VND1 million ($43) per person per year for Vietnam to get its entire power supply from nuclear plants.
With its energy deficit rising every year, several experts are advising Vietnam to reconsider the shelved nuclear power program.