Bangladesh plans to set up another nuclear power plant: Seeks help from Russia

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has sought Russia’s support and cooperation in setting up another nuclear power plant in the southern part of the country.
Sheikh Hasina said, “We want to set up another nuclear power plant in the southern part of the country and we need Russia’s continued cooperation in this regard.”
The Prime Minister made the remarks while paying a courtesy call on Alexei Likhachev, Director General of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom, at his official residence Ganobhaban this morning.
Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters on the outcome of the meeting.
Bangladesh has built the first nuclear power plant at Ruppur in Pabna with the technical and financial support of Russia. Russia’s state nuclear energy corporation Rosatom provided the assistance.
Emphasizing the importance of safety, the Prime Minister called on the Director General of Rosatom to train the local people so that they could run the Ruppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP).
Alexei Likhachev said that mutual cooperation between Bangladesh and Russia has entered the nuclear field.
He said they would train Bangladeshis to run the RNPP and would continue their cooperation in Bangladesh’s power sector.

He lauded the local staff and said that more than 20,000 people, including engineers, technicians and other manpower, were making significant contributions to the RNPP. He said many Bangladeshi companies are also working on sub-contracts.
Rosatom’s director general praised the cooperation of the concerned ministry and the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission in the implementation of the RNPP”
On safety, he said the RNPP would give top priority to safety and they were also working on social development in the vicinity of the plant.
He also presented the technical and security aspects of the RNPP to the Prime Minister.
Alexei Likhachev praised the Prime Minister for her assistance in the implementation of the RNPP.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also recalled the support of the Russian Federation during the war of liberation.
He further told the Director General that the COVID-19 epidemic has halted the progress of Bangladesh, but now it is overcoming it.
Rosatom’s director general thanked the health ministry for vaccinating more than 90 percent of Russians working for the RNPP.
Science and Technology Minister Architect Yafes Osman, Ambassador at Large Mohammad Ziauddin, Chief Secretary to the Prime Minister Ahmed Kaikaus and Science and Technology Secretary Ziaul Hasan were present on the occasion.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday inaugurated the installation of pressure reactor at RUppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP). Which is being implemented by Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission with technical and financial assistance from Russia.
With the installation of reactor pressure vessels in the main unit of RNPP, Bangladesh’s dream of becoming a nuclear power producing country is about to be realized.
Rosatom Director General Alexei Likhachev was the special guest at the event.
Installation of almost all types of nuclear equipment is accomplished through the installation of reactor pressure vessels inside the physical structure of Unit-1. As a result, the work inside the reactor building of this unit is nearing completion.
The RUppur nuclear power plant utilizes Russia’s best practice strategies, many years of experience and scientific thinking, and the unique combination of passive systems will ensure the safe operation of the power plant and the planned level of power generation.
Pabna’s RNPP, which has two units, each with a capacity of 1,200 MW. This is the first such power project in the country.

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