MOSCOW, May 22, 2019 – ROSATOM and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam signed a Memorandum on the implementation of Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology (CNST) in Vietnam. 

The document was signed by the Director General of ROSATOM Alexey Likhachev and the Minister of Science and Technology of Vietnam Chu Ngoc Anh in the presence of the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev and the Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

Russian and Vietnamese experts have already carried out a number of joint actions within the framework of this project, including the definition of preliminary requirements and the selection of the most suitable site for construction. Taking into account the approval of the preliminary feasibility study of the project in November 2018, the signed Memorandum defines further steps for the construction of CNST in Vietnam.

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The intergovernmental agreement between Russia and Vietnam on the construction of the Centre for nuclear science and technology was signed in November 2011. 

In June 2017, a Memorandum of understanding on the construction of CNST was signed, fixing the plan for the implementation of the project. During consultations in 2017-2019, the parties specified the configuration of CNST which will consist of a multi-purpose VVR research reactor with a thermal capacity of up to 15 MW, as well as a complex of research laboratories and engineering infrastructure to ensure the safe operation. In September 2018 during the visit of the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trọng to Russia two additional documents were signed: an MoU on personnel training and an MoU in the field of shaping positive public opinion on CNST project.