Vietnam nuclear plant built to withstand 9-magnitude earthquake

Vietnam’s first nuclear power plant will be able to withstand an earthquake of 9-magnitude, a representative of Russian nuclear giant Rosatom has announced.

Sergey Boyarkin, deputy general director of the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation, or Rosatom, said the plant, to be built in the central province of Ninh Thuan in 2014, will also be far enough from sea to be safe from tsunamis, VnExpress reported.

The expert said he saw no problems with the chosen location for the plant, even though seismic surveys are still underway, stressing that the Russian-built nuclear plant would withstand any earthquake.

Asked if the country’s tropical weather will affect the plant, Boyarkin said Russia has experience building nuclear plants in different climate zones, saying that his company has built reactors in China and India, both of which are tropical zones.

According to the expert, Rosatom wants to build the two-reactor plant for no more than $6bn.

The 4000 MW nuclear power plant was expected to begin operation in 2020 together with another plant, also in Ninh Thuan.

Thirteen plants in all with a total capacity of 16000 MW will operate across Vietnam in the next two decades.

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