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PM requests ROSATOM to build one more N-power plant at Rooppur

Technical talks on new plant start

Published : Wednesday, 3 April, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 271

PM requests ROSATOM to build one more N-power plant at Rooppur

PM requests ROSATOM to build one more N-power plant at Rooppur

Bangladesh and Russia have started discussion to set up another nuclear power plant at Rooppur.

Following a meeting with the Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on April 2, the Russian Federation State Atomi? Energy Corporation---- ROSATOM, in a statement has said, "the implementation of Rooppur NPP construction project is approaching one of the most important milestones - the physical start-up of Unit 1 which is to take place before the end of the year.

 Currently, we are starting the discussion of new projects. The Bangladesh party expresses a strong interest in the construction of two more power units at the Rooppur NPP site.  Besides, the possibility of construction of a multi-purpose high-powered research reactor in Bangladesh is being reviewed. The research reactor will be able to resolve the tasks in the field of science and nuclear medicine."

The DG noted that the construction of the new Unit-3 and Unit-4 should be started as soon as the construction of the first two units is completed. He proposed to the government to build two new nuclear power units (Unit-3 and Unit-4) in Rooppur nuclear power project area.

Meanwhile, following the meeting, PMs speech writer M Nazrul Islam told the reporters that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina requested Russias state-run atomic agency ROSATOM to consider building a second nuclear power plant in Rooppur.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made the request when ROSATOM Director General Alexey Likhachev called on her at her official residence Ganabhaban.

"They discussed issues of Russian-Bangladeshi strategic cooperation in use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes. Progress, start-up, and adjustment work at Rooppur NPP, the first nuclear power plant in the country were on the agenda as well," he added.

Science and Technology Minister Architect Yeafesh Osman, PMs Principal Secretary M Tofazzel Hossain Miah and Science and Technology Secretary Md Ali Hossain, among others, were present.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister pointed out that technical survey needs to be conducted at the initial stage for setting up two new units.  

In this context, he also said that the expansion of existing nuclear power projects is more profitable and reasonable from the financial point of view and in the light of technical and nuclear safety which is considered internationally.

The Prime Minister directed completion of all formalities of taking back Spent Nuclear Fuel of first and second units of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant to Russia.  

The DG of ROSATOM gave assurance on behalf of the Russian government on taking back the Spent Nuclear Fuel produced by the first and second units to the Russian Federation and promised to complete all the necessary formalities on time as per the instructions of the prime minister.  

Dhaka and Moscow have already signed an inter-state agreement regarding the return of the Spent Nuclear Fuel of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant to Russia.

The physical start-up of the first unit will begin in December this year. Commercial power generation will start in 2025 and 2026 from Unit-1 and Unit-2.

He said that some 2500-strong staff including Bangladeshi and Russians have been working in the project who gained their expertise.  

"The implementation of Rooppur NPP construction project is approaching one of the most important milestones - the physical start-up of Unit 1 which is to take place before the end of the year. Currently, we are starting the discussion of new projects. The Bangladesh party expresses a strong interest in the construction of two more power units at the Rooppur NPP site.  Besides, the possibility of construction of a multi-purpose high-powered research reactor in Bangladesh is being reviewed. The research reactor will be able to resolve the tasks in the field of science and nuclear medicine", said Alexey Likhachev, a ROSATOM release said.

Alexey Likhachev also visited the Rooppur NPP construction site Green City residential area on Monday.

Earlier, on March 11 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the government will build a second nuclear power plant in Pabnas Rooppur after completion of the construction of the countrys first nuclear power plant there.

"I have asked the Science and Technology Minister to start the second one soon after accomplishing the first one and we have to take preparation for that from now on," she said.

She said her government tried to build the second nuclear power plant in the countrys southern region, but the soil is not strong enough to set up such a power plant there.

Rooppur nuclear power project at Ishwardi Upazilla is being implemented with technical and financial cooperation from Russia.

 The project will host two power units, each of 1,200MW capacity. Generation 3+ VVER-1200 reactors are being installed in the power units. The general designer and contractor of Rooppur NPP is the engineering division of ROSATOM.

PM Hasina thanked Russia for helping Bangladesh in energy security, especially the construction of the Rooppur nuclear power plant.

She said that it was the dream of Bangabandhu to set up a nuclear power plant in Bangladesh, and it is being implemented.
 
She recalled the assistance of Russia during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971 and subsequent help in rebuilding the war-ravaged country.  

The Prime Minister also conveyed her greetings to Russian President Vladimir Putin for his reelection.
 
The ROSATOM DG apprised the Prime Minister of the progress in building the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.

He said the RNPP will go on production by 2025 and start to supplement electricity supply to the national grid.
 
He also said that 85 per cent works of the RNPP has been completed.   

Alexey Likhachev apprised the Prime Minister about the advancement of the RNPP and said by 2025, the RNPP will come into production and will be able to supplement electricity to the national grid.

He also said that 85 per cent works of the RNPP has been completed.

The ROSATOM Director General also proposed to the government to build two new nuclear power units (Unit-3 and Unit-4) in RNPP area.

He said the construction of the new Unit-3 and Unit-4 should be started as soon as the construction of the first two units is completed.

In this context, Alexey Likhachev also said that the expansion of existing nuclear power projects is more profitable and reasonable from the financial point of view and in the light of technical and nuclear safety which is considered internationally.

The statement said, Alexey Likhachev also visited the Rooppur NPP construction site Green City residential area yesterday.

Rooppur nuclear power project at Ishwardi Upazilla is being implemented with technical and financial cooperation from Russia.

The project will host two power units, each of 1,200MW capacity. Generation 3+ VVER-1200 reactors are being installed in the power units. The general designer and contractor of Rooppur NPP is the engineering division of ROSATOM.







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