The company held a seminar on cooperation for localizing nuclear power technology and training manpower.
Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO, President: Cho Hwan-eik) held a seminar on September 8~9 at Grand Plaza Hotel in Hanoi on ways of cooperation for localizing nuclear power generation technologies and training manpower in Vietnam, jointly with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE).
KEPCO hosted the seminar while operating a publicity booth as part of ‘Korea’s nuclear power technology road show’ designed to receive orders for projects of constructing new nuclear power plants in Vietnam.
The seminar on nuclear power plant held on September 9 was attended by more than 150 persons, including high level government officials, executives and representatives from energy and nuclear power-related industry, academia and research organizations of the two countries.
Attendees at the seminar from Vietnam included the deputy director general for energy at the Ministry of Industry and Trade, as well as executives and staff members at energy and power companies in Vietnam. A large number of government officials and industry executives from Korea also attended the seminar, including KEPCO’s President Cho Hwan-eik, Nuclear Power Industry Policy Officer Kang Seong-cheon at the MOTIE, and executives at 7 public companies and associations, showing deep interest in cooperation between the two countries in nuclear power area.
In his opening remarks, President Cho Hwan-eik said, “We will provide active support to ensure that electricity industry in Vietnam can achieve progress and technological independence in every aspect. Especially, we will provide unreserved support for localizing nuclear power technologies and training manpower,” expressing strong desire for winning orders for nuclear power plant projects in Vietnam.
The Vietnamese government is pushing forward the third nuclear power plant project on optional contract basis between governments. And Korea is conducting preliminary feasibility study on candidate sites and safety of the third nuclear power plant since June this year with the goal of completing the study by the end of 2014. When the project is approved by the Vietnamese National Assembly after the feasibility study is completed, Korea is likely to receive order for the project.
At the seminar, governments of the two countries introduced their respective nuclear power plant policies. And KEPCO gave a briefing on Korea’s capability of constructing nuclear power plants, plan of training manpower, progresses in the preliminary feasibility study, and timeline of building Korea-type nuclear power plants. And 6 other organizations and companies presented papers on experiences in constructing and operating nuclear power plants as well as collaboration plans. They are Korea Nuclear Association for International Cooperation (KNA), Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP), KEPCO E&C, KEPCO NF, KEPCO KPS, and Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction.
Meanwhile, President Cho Hwan-eik had meetings with the vice minister of the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade who is in charge of new nuclear power plant projects and President Pham Le Thanh of Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) to discuss ways of successful completion of the preliminary feasibility study and continued collaboration for nuclear power industry. KEPCO and EVN are jointly conducting the feasibility study.