HANOI Jan 16 Vietnam may delay to 2020 the
construction of its first nuclear power plant to ensure safety
and economic efficiency, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung was
quoted as saying by state-run newspapers on Thursday.
Vietnam had planned to start construction of the Ninh Thuan
1 nuclear power plant in 2014, with help from Russia's state
nuclear firm Rosatom. The plant was initially scheduled to start
operation in 2023.
"Generating nuclear power must reach the highest level of
safety and the highest efficiency," Dung was quoted by the
official Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper as saying at the year-end
meeting of state oil and gas Petrovietnam on Wednesday.
(Reporting by Ho Binh Minh; Editing by Ed Davies)