HANOI, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam has identified three areas in the northern and central highlands regions which are most likely to house uranium ores, local media reported on Friday.
The areas include Pia Oach in northern Cao Bang province, Tuyen Lam Lake in central highlands Da Lat city, and Dinh Van in central highlands Lam Dong province, daily newspaper Tien Phong (Pioneer) quoted the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment as reporting.
Uranium reserves in Vietnam are estimated at the medium level in the world. The Vietnam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources will explore uranium ores at 15 locations nationwide.
Earlier, local media reported that Vietnam was actively exploring uranium ores to feed its future nuclear power plants.
However, late last year, the country's top legislature decided to scrap its first nuclear power plant project that would have had a capacity of 4,000 megawatts and cost nearly 9 billion U.S. dollars in central Ninh Thuan province.