On 1st October 2020, Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute (VINATOM) honorably welcomed the Finnish Ambassador to Vietnam, Mr. Kari Kahiluoto on his visit to the Institute. The Ambassador was accompanied by Mr. Matti Tervo, Counsellor (Development and Economic) at Embassy of Finland in Hanoi and Mr. Le Dai Nghia, Vietnamese Advisor on energy and development.
The leaders of VINATOM attending the meeting included the President of VINATOM – Mr. Tran Chi Thanh, the Vice-President of VINATOM – Mr. Tran Ngoc Toan, the former Vice-President of VINATOM – Mr. Nguyen Hao Quang, Director of Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology – Mr. Pham Duc Khue, Deputy Director of VINATOM Department of International Cooperation – Ms. Cao Hong Lan and other specialists.
The meeting took place in the Headquarter of VINATOM in Hanoi
The President Tran Chi Thanh warmly welcomed Mr. Kari Kahiluoto and the Embassy’s delegation to VINATOM. He expressed his admiration and appreciation for Finland in their safe and efficient operation of nuclear power plants. Finland, a country located in Northern Europe with a population of approximately 5.5 million, is currently operating 4 nuclear power plants (two plants using VVER V-213 technology and the rest using boiling water reactor technology – ABB-III, BWR-2500) which contribute around 30% of the national electricity output. Finland’s the 5th plant – Olkiluoto 3 (using EPR – European Pressurized Reactor technology), which is under construction at present, is expected to generate electricity by 2022; accordingly, nuclear power would supply roughly 60% of the country’s electricity output, as well as replace coal-fired thermal power.
On this occasion, Ms. Cao Hong Lan gave an overview of the historical milestones, roles, functions and duties of VINATOM and its subsidiaries in the field of atomic energy. She highlighted R&D activities, science and technology services, strengths, capabilities and achievements of the Institute. Also, she briefly introduced about Research Center for Science and Technology Project (RCNEST), which plans to operate a new research reactor as well as modern research equipment. Therefore, the Center is expected to be an advanced nuclear science and technology center in Vietnam and Southeast Asia in the coming time.
After two-side discussion, the proposals to promote cooperation made by Vietnamese side can be seen as follows:
– Human resource development (HRD) in the nuclear power sector including specialized training courses, exchange of experts, consulting services of the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) on nuclear regulatory issues;
– Consulting services of Finnish scientists and experts, including Project Management Consulting (PMC) for research reactor project;
– Consulting on establishing a national system of radiation safety research in health, environment, incident response, technology and measurement;
– Updating the methodology and methods of identifying radioactive nuclei and radiation sources; methods of monitoring and measurement techniques; missions related to National Environmental Radioactive Monitoring and Warning Networks.
The President Tran Chi Thanh (right) presenting gifts to Mr. Kari Kahiluoto
At the meeting, Mr. Kari Kahiluoto expressed his pleasure for the prospect of Vietnam – Finland cooperation in the field of atomic energy. He was willing to support for the bilateral relations and affirmed to work on Vietnam’s proposals with the relevant Finnish parties as soon as possible.
In the end, two sides agreed that this meeting would be an important premise for greater cooperation opportunities in the field of atomic energy in the future. The President Tran Chi Thanh hoped that two countries could turn those opportunities into achievements in the coming time.
Group photo on the occasion of the meeting
Pham Thi Thu Trang, Department of R&D Planning and Management, VINATOM