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Civil Nuclear Trade Policy Mission to Vietnam and China


Hanoi, Vietnam and Beijing and Sanmen, China
May 17 - 23, 2013

The U.S. Department of Commerce is pleased to invite American firms to participate in a Civil Nuclear Energy Trade Policy Mission.

Join a senior U.S. Department of Commerce official on a seven-day civil nuclear trade policy mission to Hanoi, Vietnam and to Beijing and Sanmen, China. The mission will help connect U.S. companies, universities and research institutions with key government and industry contacts in Vietnam and China and promote policies that enable U.S. companies to gain access to commercial market opportunities. Delegates may elect to participate in both the Vietnam and China portions of the mission, or only one of these countries.

Vietnam and China offer abundant opportunities to civil nuclear companies. China’s nuclear industry is expected to grow to nearly $300 billion by 2020 and commercial opportunities in Vietnam are currently estimated at $10 billion and are expected to grow to $50 billion by 2030. Opportunities exist for: legal and advisory services; engineering, procurement and construction; operations and maintenance providers; component manufacturers; and the fuel subsector, including mining, enrichment, fuel fabrication, transport and storage, research and development, and education and training.

Participants in the civil nuclear trade policy mission will:

  • Accompany a delegation of senior officials from the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Energy, State, and the White House to meetings with Chinese and Vietnamese government officials on civil nuclear energy policies;
  • Participate in business appointments with pre-screened potential buyers, agents, distributors and joint venture partners; meet with national and regional civil nuclear power decision makers; and attend networking events;
  • Receive in-depth market information from the U.S. Embassies in Beijing and Hanoi, including opportunities, challenges, and long-term projections of the Chinese and Vietnamese civil nuclear markets;
  • Visit Sanmen nuclear power plant.

To apply for this mission, please download and complete the mission application (link to mission application) and send via email or The application deadline is April 15, 2013.

View the full mission statement at the Federal Register.

Commercial Setting

Vietnam: From 2000 until 2012, Vietnam’s annual GDP growth rate averaged 6.6 percent, reaching an all-time high of 8.5 percent in December 2007. Its energy mix in 2010 was 38 percent hydro, 31.4 percent gas, 18.5 percent coal, and 12.1 percent other fuels. Demand is growing rapidly, resulting in electricity rationing. Electricity demand growth has been 14 percent per year. In July 2011, in the aftermath of the March 2011 Fukushima accident, the Prime Minister approved the National Master Plan for Electricity Development for 2011-2020 with the Vision to 2030. The government specified Ninh Thuan 1 & 2 Nuclear Power Plants (NPP) with a total of eight 1000 MWe reactors coming on line annually from 2020-2027. In March 2012, the Vietnamese government re-stated that it would continue to implement its nuclear power program and deploy the Ninh Thuan NPPs in cooperation with Russia. Vietnam may be the first Southeast Asian country to build a NPP. The goal for this segment of the mission is to help U.S. suppliers establish a “foothold” in the Vietnamese market as the country develops its nuclear power program.

China: Since 1979, China’s GDP has grown at an average rate of almost ten percent annually and in 2009 China surpassed the United States to become the world’s largest energy consumer. Nearly eighty percent of China’s electricity is produced from fossil fuel (mostly coal) and 18 percent from hydro, with a small percentage produced from renewable sources. Nuclear power supplies 2 percent of China’s electricity. China has the fastest growing nuclear energy program in the world. There are currently 16 reactors in operation and nearly 30 under construction employing technologies from France, Canada, Russia and the United States. In October 2012, Premier Wen Jiabao outlined a modified approach to nuclear power development that takes a steady pace to build NPPs and will comply with new generation safety standards. The revised nuclear capacity target for 2020 is now 58 GWe. During the same timeframe, the State Council approved the 12th Five-Year Plan for Nuclear Safety and Radioactive Pollution Prevention and Vision for 2020, in which China plans to spend RMB 80 billion ($13 billion) on improving nuclear safety at plants already in operation as well as those currently under construction or planned over the next three years. The planned inland sites have been put on hold until after 2015.

China has three state-owned enterprises (SOEs) that are permitted to own NPPs:

  • China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC);
  • China Guangdong Nuclear Power Corporation (CGNPC); and
  • China Power Investment Corporation (CPI)

China also has set up additional SOEs to undertake NPP construction and other business activities, including:

  • China Nuclear Power Engineering Company;
  • China Guangdong Engineering Company;
  • State Nuclear Power Engineering Company;
  • China Power Investment Nuclear Engineering Company;
  • China Nuclear Engineering and Construction Corporation; and
  • State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC) is undertaking AP1000 technology and developing the CAP1400.

The governmental organizations that are responsible for nuclear energy development in China are the State Council, the National Energy Administration (NEA), the China Atomic Energy Authority (CAEA), and the National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA).

  • The State Council is the highest executive body of state power and administration responsible for carrying out principles and policies as well as the regulations and laws.
  • The NEA, an independent ministerial level agency within the National Development and Reform Commission, is responsible for nuclear power development and nuclear industry management;
  • The CAEA, an agency under the Ministry of Industry and Information, is responsible for nuclear fuel cycle industry management and nuclear emergency preparedness and response.
  • The NNSA under the Ministry of Environment Protection is responsible for nuclear safety regulation and licensing and regulating nuclear installations, components, and materials.

Ultimately, China’s long-term nuclear energy policy goals are to establish indigenous assembly, fabrication, and nuclear fuel production capability; maximize domestic manufacturing of power plants and equipment with self-reliance in design and management; and to establish and enhance international cooperation to establish their own reactor market, aimed at exporting its own reactors in the future. However, in the near-term, China will rely on existing equipment and services in the global supply chain.

Mission Goals

The goal of the Civil Nuclear Trade Policy Mission to Vietnam and China is to promote exports of civil nuclear goods and services and encourage market policies and procedures that enable U.S. companies to gain robust access to commercial opportunities in these markets.

In Vietnam, the mission will help U.S. companies and trade associations investigate potential opportunities, and educate Vietnamese stakeholders on U.S. nuclear energy capabilities. The mission also will include a best practices seminar to discuss the challenges countries face when first developing a nuclear energy program. These activities will contain a strong trade promotion component and also seek to address the policy challenges to U.S. civil nuclear energy companies operating or seeking to operate in this country. While in Hanoi, trade mission participants will participate in the U.S.-ASEAN workshop on civil nuclear power, enabling networking opportunities with ASEAN government officials and industry experts and promoting U.S. civil nuclear technologies and services.

In China, the mission will clarify for U.S. companies and trade associations how to access commercial opportunities in various sectors of China’s nuclear energy industry, will seek to increase awareness of U.S. nuclear industry capabilities among Chinese government officials at the central and provincial government levels, and will connect U.S. companies and trade associations with appropriate decision-makers.

Schedule of Events

Proposed Timetable for U.S. Mission to Vietnam and China

Thursday, May 16

  • Hanoi Arrive and check-in at hotel

Friday, May 17

Day 1 Hanoi Morning:

  • U.S. Embassy Briefing
  • Visit Ministry of Science and Technology
  • Visit Ministry of Industry and Trade
  • Visit with Electricity Vietnam

Luncheon: with remarks by Trade Mission Leader, Ambassador Shear, and Government of Vietnam.


  • Seminar on Best Practices – U.S. delegates share experience from projects in other markets.
  • Vietnamese participants include: Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute (VINATOM), Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety and Control (VARANS), Electricity Vietnam (EVN), Ministry of Industry and Trade.


  • Meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung
  • Farewell Dinner with Delegates

Saturday, May 18

Day 2 Hanoi Delegates on their own

Sunday, May 19

Day 3 Beijing

  • Arrive Beijing
  • Check in at hotel
  • Welcome reception and U.S. Embassy Briefing
  • (organizations, U.S. government delegation, Embassy staff)

Monday, May 20

Day 4 Beijing


  • Beijing government meetings to include: NEA, CAEA, NNSA, MOFCOM


  • Government meetings


  • Networking reception hosted by Amb. Locke

Tuesday, May 21

Day 5 Beijing


  • Industry meetings


  • Government meetings with CNNC, SNPTC, CGNPC, CPI


  • Open

Wednesday, May 22

Day 6 Beijing-Ningbo


  • Industry meetings


  • Train/plane to Ningbo, bus to Sanmen

Evening :

  • Dinner with CNNC

Thursday, May 23

Day 7 Ningbo

  • AP1000 site visit
  • End of Mission

* Specific events and meeting times have yet to be confirmed. The precise schedule will depend on availability of local government officials and business managers, and the specific goals of participants.

Participation Requirements

U.S. companies and U.S. trade associations interested in participating in the trade mission must complete and submit an application package for consideration by the DOC. All applicants will be evaluated on their ability to meet certain conditions and best satisfy the selection criteria as outlined below. A minimum of 15 and maximum of 20 companies and/or trade associations will be selected to participate in the mission from the applicant pool. U.S. companies or trade associations already doing business with China and/or Vietnam, as well as those seeking to enter these markets for the first time, may apply.

Fees and Expenses

After a company or organization has been selected to participate on the mission, a payment to the DOC in the form of a participation fee is required. U.S. companies and organizations may elect to participate in both the Vietnam and China portions of the mission, or one of the countries. Participants will be able to take advantage of U.S. Embassy rates for hotel rooms.

  • The fee to participate in the mission to China and Vietnam is $5500 for a small or medium-sized company (SME)* or for a trade association, and $7000 for a large company. The fee for each additional representative (large company, trade association, or SME) is $1300.
  • The fee to participate in the China portion only is $4000 for an SME or trade association and $4800 for a large company. The fee for each additional representative (large company, trade association, or SME) is $800. This fee also includes the cost of transportation from Beijing to Sanmen.
  • The fee to participate in the Vietnam portion only is $1500 for an SME or trade association and $2200 for a large company. The fee for each additional representative (large company, trade association, or SME) is $500.

* An SME is defined as a firm with 500 or fewer employees or that otherwise qualifies as a small business under SBA regulations. Parent companies, affiliates, and subsidiaries will be considered when determining business size. The dual pricing reflects the Commercial Service’s user fee schedule that became effective May 1, 2008.


The mission fee does not include any personal travel expenses such as lodging, most meals, local ground transportation, except as stated in the proposed timetable, and air transportation from the United States to the mission sites and return to the United States. Business visas may be required. Government fees and processing expenses to obtain such visas also are not included in the mission costs. However, the DOC will provide instructions to each participant on the procedures required to obtain necessary business visas.

Conditions for Participation

Applicants must submit a completed mission application signed by a company or trade association official, together with supplemental application materials, including adequate information on the organization’s products and/or services, primary market objectives, and goals for participation. If the DOC receives an incomplete application, the DOC may reject the application, request additional information, or take the lack of information into account in its evaluation.

Each applicant also must certify that the products or services it seeks to export through the mission are either produced in the United States, or, if not, marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and have demonstrable U.S. content of the value of the finished product or service. In the case of a trade association or trade organization, the applicant must certify that, for each company to be represented by the trade association or trade organization, the products and services the represented company seeks to export are either produced in the United States, or, if not, marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and have demonstrable U.S. content.

Timeline for Recruitment and Application

Mission recruitment will be conducted in an open and public manner, including publication in the Federal Register, posting on the DOC trade mission calendar ( and other internet web sites (including the Civil Nuclear Exporters Portal at, press releases to general and trade media, direct mail, notices by industry trade associations and other multiplier groups, and publicity at industry meetings, symposia, conferences, and trade shows. Recruitment will begin immediately and conclude no later than April 15, 2013. The DOC will review applications and make selection decisions on a rolling basis by April 20, 2013. Applications received after April 15, 2013 will be considered only if space and scheduling permits.


David Kincaid
Manufacturing and Services, Office of Energy and Environmental Industries
Washington, DC
Tel: (202) 482-1706

Jonathan Chesebro
Manufacturing and Services, Office of Energy and Environmental Industries
Washington, DC
Tel: (202) 482-1297