IAEA Reviews Vietnam's Preparedness For Research Reactor

The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has recommended several steps to Vietnam to develop stronger infrastructure to support development of a multipurpose research reactor the country hopes to have up and running in 2026.

IAEAVietnam, the IAEA said, hosted an agency Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review for Research Reactors specifically to identify potential improvements needed for a successful launch of such a project.

The IAEA team recommended Vietnam strengthen its own regulatory agency, update human resource development and conduct a more thorough assessment on the uses such a reactor would have for the country.

The Vietnamese delegation was headed by Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Pham Cong Tac, who provided a number of documents to facilitate the assessment of the nuclear national infrastructure developed in preparation for a new research reactor project. In its initial conception, the facility is planned to serve for diverse needs, such as in education, training, radioisotope production and materials sciences.

IAEA mission leader Andrey Sitnikov, said “Viet Nam has demonstrated strong government support and understanding of long term national commitments for developing the nuclear infrastructure." Sitnikov led the IAEA team that reviewed the project in Hanoi from 3 to 7 December 2018. “We noted that Viet Nam has adopted a holistic approach to this project, to ensure effective use of resources in developing infrastructure for the proposed multipurpose research reactor," Sitnikov said.

The team also identified the use of Information Center for Atomic Energy for public outreach as a good practice of stakeholder involvement that would benefit other countries considering new research reactor projects, the IAEA said.

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