Main construction of RNPP to begin soon

DHAKA, May 20, 2017 (BSS) - Works for the preparatory phase of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) is nearing completion and the main construction is expected to begin in the second half of the current year, according to a release issued today.

A high power Russian delegation is visited Bangladesh last week to discuss the main construction phase of Rooppur Nuke plant.

The delegation headed by Nikolai Spasskiy, Deputy Director General of Russia's State Atomic Energy Corporation -ROSATOM came here to discuss the main construction phase, including preparations for "first concrete" of Rooppur NPP, it said.

They discussed with Science and Technology Minister Architect Yeafesh Osman, the Prime Minister's Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury and Chief Coordinator for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the Prime Minister's Office Abul Kalam Azad.

The first of two units is expected to go into operation in 2023, the second in 2024. The design of the innovative Generation 3+ power unit, which will be installed on Rooppur NPP including the most powerful type of VVER-1200 reactor, as well as a high-speed turbine specially designed for new-generation NPPs.

It provides the highest level of operational safety and fully meets all post-Fukushima requirements strictly set by the IAEA, the release added.

The delegation focused on various practical issues related to the beginning of main construction phase of Rooppur NPP during the bilateral meetings.

Senior officials of the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA) were also present at the meetings.

The Russian delegation also visited the Rooppur NPP construction site where they held a technical meeting with the Bangladesh side, including the representatives of BAERA.

Other delegation members were Valery Limarenko, CEO of ?SE Group of Companies (general contractor for the Rooppur project) and Alexei Ferapontov, Deputy Chairman of Rostechnadzor, the Russian Federal Service for Ecological, Technological and Nuclear Supervision.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)