Nuclear Power Proposal
Vietnam suspended the Ninh Thuan 1 and 2 nuclear power plant projects under a NA resolution in 2016 for security reasons and to mobilize resources for other key projects.
In a report overseeing the resolution’s implementation, the National Assembly’s economic committee suggested that Vietnam consider developing nuclear power in the coming decades, and that Ninh Thuan projects be revived when the time is right. .
He said nuclear power is a low-carbon source of electricity that will make an important contribution to mitigating climate change. In addition, some energy sources such as hydroelectricity, coal, gas and solar energy have yet to be developed in a sustainable way, while they themselves risk having a negative impact on the environment. .
The development of nuclear energy entering the next phase will therefore contribute to ensuring national energy security, developing an independent and self-sufficient economy, as well as guaranteeing the security of the electricity system through a diversified range of generation sources, a said the committee.
To develop energy energy at the national level, the current status and forecast of energy supply and demand must be assessed comprehensively, scientifically and accurately, he added.
In order to prepare for this process, the committee asked the government to consider temporarily suspending planning for the proposed locations of the Ninh Thuan 1 and 2 nuclear power plants until an official decision is made.
If canceled, these projects will affect the ability to develop nuclear power in the future, as well as relations with partner countries, he said.
NA deputies agree
The future development of nuclear energy received support from a number of lawmakers attending the ongoing session of the National Assembly in Hanoi.
Deputy Ha Sy Dong from Quang Tri Province endorsed the NA Economic Committee’s proposal, saying it is both feasible and in line with national development trends.
“It is feasible because our strong economic growth requires strong demand for electricity, while we are fully capable of applying scientific and technical advances and gaining international experience in energy investment. nuclear energy,” Dong told the Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper.
In addition, MP Nguyen Lam Thanh from Lang Son Province shared the view that ensuring national energy security should be the priority to fully meet the country’s development requirements.
He suggested that Vietnam keep its energy sources available, such as hydroelectricity and thermal energy, alongside renewable energy sources in the immediate term, while also considering developing nuclear energy in the long term. term.
Echoing Thanh’s view, MP Pham Van Hoa from Dong Thap province said the country should not develop nuclear power at the moment, but should instead weigh the long-term possibility amid a growing risk of power shortages in the future. He noted that safety and technology must be the highest priority when developing this type of energy.
The issue of restarting the Ninh Thuan 1 & 2 nuclear power plant projects has been raised by experts and scientists at several recent energy forums. Experts and scientists have argued that if nuclear power develops after 2030, Vietnam will likely reach the goal of “net zero” by 2050, as Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh pledged during of COP26.
Prime Minister Chinh told the media on the sidelines of the current legislative session on May 27 that the development of nuclear energy is an issue that needs to be carefully considered and that the government will wait for the next decision from the Politburo and the Central Committee of Gone to move forward.