Russia lends hand to build nuclear power plants

Russia offered to help the country develop nuclear power plants during President Vladimir Putin’s trip to Hanoi, Alexei Likhachev, head of the Russian state nuclear firm Rosatom said.

Likhachev, who was part of Putin’s entourage during his visit to Vietnam last week, said that he had made the offer to Vietnam Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.

“We offered all possible options for co-operation​​​ in my conversation with the prime minister of Vietnam,” RIA Agency cited Likhachev as saying yesterday.

“Rosatom offers foreign partners not only high-power but also low-power nuclear power plants, both in land-based and floating versions.”

Vietnam scrapped plans to build its first two nuclear power plants in 2016 after the Fukushima disaster in Japan and due to budget constraints.

Before Vietnam cancelled its plans to build the plants, Rosatom had offered Hanoi a project based on high-power units with advanced Russian reactors, Likhachev said. — Reuters

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