Vietnam-based conglomerate Song Da Corporation (SDC), in view of the construction of Vietnam’s first nuclear power project, plans to send 2,000 workers and engineers to Japan and Russia for training from 2013.

SDC senior official Le Van Ton was quoted by VietNamNet as saying that these people will be the major labor force of Vietnam for the construction of planned Ninh Thuan 1 and Ninh Thuan 2 nuclear power plants.

The company has already signed a contract in February with Russia’s NIAEP to send some Vietnamese workers to Russia to build the Rostov nuclear power plant.

With 4 turbines and a total capacity of 4,000MW, the Rostov plant is a major project of Russia. Two machines are already operating, while the remaining two are scheduled for completion in 2015.

Vietnam aims to build 13 nuclear power reactors by 2030. During the first phase which runs until 2015, the nation will complete various approvals including investment, site and contractor selection to begin building the first unit.

By 2020, the construction of the first turbine of the Ninh Thuan 1 plant is expected to be completed. The second turbine may be put into operation in 2021.

The capacity of nuclear power plants in the country is likely to reach 8,000MW by 2025 and may touch 15,000MW by 2030.