Thuyet explained discussion in the chamber, as some deputies preferred the idea of constructing just one power station, instead of the plan finally approved for four reactors at two sites.

As per the government’s plans, at least one reactor must be operational from 2020. Totally the four reactors should have a capacity of 4,000 MW.

As per the plan of Government of Vietnam the nuclear power should initially account for under 5% of Vietnam’s electricity capacity, but by 2050 it must meet as much as 30% of nation’s power needs.

Some of the deputies have objected regarding the environment and particularly at the proposed siting of the plants in the southern province of Ninh Thuan.

“Vietnam is not yet ready” for a project that carries “significant risks” and for which “the economic rationale is weak,” said Thuyet.