Doosan Vina wins Vietnam's first N-stamps

6 March 2014

Doosan Vina, short for Doosan Heavy Industries Vietnam, in central Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam, has received ASME nuclear certificates for nuclear-related fabrication, including NPT, NA, NS, Site NPT, Site NA and Site NS in February 2014. It also received renewals for non-nuclear pressure vessels, pressure piping and power boiler certifications originally received in 2008. (The company does not appear to have received the N-stamp certification for nuclear vessels, storage tanks and similar equipment).

The certifications come after a year of work. The company claims to be the only nuclear-certified vendor in southeast Asia.

Doosan Vina CEO Ryu Hang Ha said "This international certification by ASME is testimony to the skill of our employees and Vietnam as a country that is quickly emerging as a global powerhouse, this certification is very significant; it means that Vietnamese technicians now have the skill and expertise necessary to manufacture and supply the equipment required in Vietnam's soon to be launched nuclear power industry."

The company was founded in 2007 by a joint venture of Korean conglomerates Doosan Heavy Industry and Doosan Engineering & Construction, and has consumed $300 million of investment, according to the company. The factory, which opened in 2009, has five divisions: boilers, heat-recovery steam generators (used in fossil power plants), material handling systems for loading and unloading chemical processing systems, water and petrochemical reactors, columns and towers.

The company is one of three Doosan facilities in Vietnam. Doosan Vina Haiphong, in the north of the country not far from the border with China, was set up in Vietnam in 1995, and specializes in oversize steel structures, boilers, pressure vessels, tanks, fabrication and piping.

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction also has a base in Hanoi. In December it won a $1.5 billion contract for the Vinh Tan 4 coal-fired power plant in Hanoi.

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