Russian State Atomic Corporation Rosatom has signed a memorandum with Vietnam's Ministry of Science and Technology on the implementation of Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology (CNST) in Vietnam.

The document was signed by Rosatom's director general Alexey Likhachev and the Minister of Science and Technology of Vietnam Chu Ngoc Anh in the presence of the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev and the Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

An intergovernmental agreement between Russia and Vietnam on the construction of the Centre for nuclear science and technology was signed in November 2011, and in June 2017 a MOU was inked on the construction of the centre.

Russian and Vietnamese experts have already carried out a number of joint actions within the framework of this project, including defining the preliminary requirements and selecting the most suitable site for construction, Rosatom said. The CNST will consist of a multi-purpose VVR research reactor with a capacity of up to 15MWt, as well as research laboratories and engineering infrastructure to ensure the safe operation.

"Taking into account the approval of the preliminary feasibility study of the project in November 2018, the signed Memorandum defines further steps for the construction of CNST in Vietnam," Rosatom said.

Photo: Russia and Vietnam sign MOU on implementation of CNST in Vietnam (Credit: Rosatom)