February 19, 2009 / 8:26 AM / 9 years ago

Vietnam considers Westinghouse for nuclear plants

HANOI, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Vietnam is negotiating with Westinghouse Electric Co to build the country’s first nuclear power plants, state media reported on Thursday.

Vuong Huu Tan, Director of the Vietnam Nuclear Energy Institute, told the online VnExpress (www.vnexpress.net) newspaper Westinghouse was “the potential partner” for two proposed 2,000-megawatt power plants. If the National Assembly approved the project in May, construction of the two plants in the south central province of Ninh Thuan would begin in 2015 and take five years to complete.

The government has said nuclear power would provide a stable source of electricty compared to hydro stations and gas-fuelled plants.

Westinghouse Electric is a unit of Japan’s Toshiba (6502.T). (Reporting by Nguyen Nhat Lam; Editing by Darren Schuettler)

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