Ministry agrees deal with EVN to provide nuclear power training

08/04/2011 15:01:38 - views: 4,729

Electricity of Viet Nam (EVN) and the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) in Ha Noi yesterday signed a co-operation agreement to train human resources for the national nuclear power programme. The deal aims to ensure there is sufficient human capital to carry out the programme by 2020 and develop nuclear power plants in central Ninh Thuan Province in particular.

The organising bodies seek to enrol officers and students in engineering and specialty courses on nuclear power at the Russian University of Nuclear Research (MEPHI).

The training will be implemented based on two forms: the memorandum of understanding between the ministry and the Russian National Atomic Energy (Rosatom) and a contract between Rosatom, the ministry and EVN. Rosatom will finance half of the training costs, while EVN would cover the rest as well as all other costs according to regulations.

EVN will be responsible for granting monthly additional stipends of US$200 for each staff member and student who commits to working for EVN long-term and qualifies for specialised training in Russia based on their academic performance after each semester.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, deputy minister Bui Van Ga said EVN and the ministry would be responsible for training quality staff who would be able to safely operate nuclear power plants and contribute to easing the country's energy shortage.

EVN's deputy general director Dinh Quang Tri said they have sent about 172 officials to participate in short-term training courses on building, operating and maintaining power plants in Japan, South Korea and France

It also sent 29 staff members' children, who had strong academic achievements for training in the nuclear power field, to Moscow Energy University (MPEI). Nine Vietnamese engineers will have graduated from the university and returned to contribute to the project by 2013.

In addition, last year EVN appointed two officers to train doctors of nuclear power in Russia and Sweden. The deal was signed based on the Government Decision 1558/QD-TTg on "Training and developing human resources in the field of nuclear energy" project. The agreement will be valid until the end of 2020.

The Ninh Thuan 1 nuclear power plant is expected to start its construction by the end of 2014. Its first and second units will be operational by 2020 and 2021, respectively. The Ninh Thuan 2 nuclear power plant will start its construction in May 2015.

Source: Vietnam News

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