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Vietnam plans to mine uranium in the central province of Quang Nam to help support its nuclear power plans. The site targeted in Quang Nam may hold about 8,000 metric tons, while Vietnam’s nationwide uranium reserves may reach into the hundreds of thousands of tons. Vietnam’s Atomic Energy Institute signed an agreement with Canada’s NWT Uranium Corp. to assess the uranium potential of the Southeast Asian nation.
Beyond uranium, Vietnam has a three-phase plan to introduce nuclear power on a large scale. Up to 2015, it will approve investment and locations, select contractors and train managers and technicians.
In the second phase to 2020, the country will finalize construction and put into operation the first 1000 MWe reactor at Phuoc Dinh in the southern Ninh Thuan province.
And by 2030, Vietnam wants to construct a further 13 power reactors. A second 1000 MWe unit at the Phuoc Dinh site will begin operating in 2012. Two further 1000 MWe units are planned there, with operation scheduled for 2023 and 2024 respectively. Four 1000 MWe reactors are also planned for Vinh Hai in the Ninh Hai district. The first two are slated to begin operating in 2021 and 2022, with the second pair starting up in 2024 and 2025
Vietnam not on list of countries with known uranium reserves
Vietnam is not listed as a country with known uranium reserves.
tonnes U percentage of world
Australia 1,673,000 31%
Kazakhstan 651,000 12%
Canada 485,000 9%
Russia 480,000 9%
South Africa 295,000 5%
Namibia 284,000 5%
Brazil 279,000 5%
Niger 272,000 5%
USA 207,000 4%
China 171,000 3%
Jordan 112,000 2%
Uzbekistan 111,000 2%
Ukraine 105,000 2%
India 80,000 1.5%
Mongolia 49,000 1%
other 150,000 3%
World total 5,404,000
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