UPDATE 1-Japan consortium, EVN to tie up on Vietnam nuclear plant

Thu Sep 29, 2011 4:27am EDT

* Japan aims to export nuclear technology to Vietnam

* Ninh Thuan 2 plant to start operations in 2021 (Adds details)

TOKYO, Sept 29 (Reuters) - A Japanese consortium said it and state utility Vietnam Electricity (EVN) signed an agreement on Thursday to cooperate on the Ninh Thuan 2 nuclear power plant project in Vietnam.

Last October, Vietnam accepted Japan as a partner in the construction of two nuclear reactors in Ninh Thuan province in central Vietnam.

The Ninh Thuan 2 No.1 reactor is due to begin operations in 2021, followed by the Ninh Thuan 2 No.2 unit in 2022.

Vietnam aims to complete its first nuclear plant with Russia by 2020, and its joint project with Japan will mark its second such plant.

Thursday's agreement came a day after Japan Atomic Energy Co announced that it had reached an agreement to conduct a feasibility study to build the Ninh Thuan 2 plant.

The Japanese consortium, International Nuclear Energy Development of Japan Co, comprises 13 firms, including utilities and nuclear plant builders. (Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori; Editing by Michael Watson)