Rosatom is keen for further cooperation with Rooppur NPP

DHAKA, Russia’s state atomic energy corporation

Rosatom is keen to develop further cooperation for the countries under

construction Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, (RNPP).

The keenness to cooperate in RNPP was extended when Director General (DG)

of Rosatom Alexey Likhachev visited Bangladesh and called on Prime Minister

Sheikh Hasina at the Prime Minister’s Office recently.

They discussed issues of bilateral cooperation related to use of atomic

energy for peaceful purposes.

During his official visit to Bangladesh Likhachev also held meetings with

the Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen and the Minister for Science and

Technology Architect Yeafesh Osman.

Alexey Likhachev and Yeafesh Osman signed a package of documents on

operation, maintenance and fuel supply for RNPP on March 16.

A protocol to amend the intergovernmental agreement was also signed

earlier between Russia and Bangladesh on RNPP construction in the territory

of Bangladesh.

The Protocol established Bangladesh’s right to engage the Russian company

on a long-term basis to help in the operation, maintenance and repair of

power units-1 and 2 of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, as well as to supply the

equipment, expendable materials, spare parts, and to provide training for

maintenance crews in course of operations of the plant.

This will enable the Rosatom State Corporation to carry out maintenance,

operational support and repair of the Rooppur NPP throughout its entire life

cycle.

In addition, a package of appendixes to the contract for supply of nuclear

fuel for Rooppur NPP was signed between Russian company TVEL and the

Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, in presence of Rosatom Director General

Alexey Likhachev and Architect Yeafesh Osman.

The contract will remain valid untill the end of operational lifetime of

both power units of Rooppur NPP.

The RNPP is the first nuclear power plant outside Russia being constructed

under the project of Generation III + (NPP-2006) and switched to an eighteen-

month fuel cycle.

Likhachev along with the accompanying delegates also visited the

construction site of the Rooppur NPP and Green City, a special residential

area built for Russian specialists.

Members of the delegation were acquainted with the progress of work at the

NPP site and facilities at the Green City.

“The construction has gained considerable pace. It is gratifying to see

that our specialists are enjoying full living facilities, having the

opportunity to engage themselves in leisure activities and receiving medical

care at this specially constructed district.” Rosatom DG noted

Rooppur NPP with two VVER-1200 Generation 3+ reactors with a total

capacity of 2,400 MW is being constructed under the Russian design in

accordance with the general contract signed on December 25, 2015.

The general contractor for Rooppur NPP construction is Atomstroyexport,

Engineering Division of Rosatom. Each phase of Rooppur NPP construction in

Bangladesh is under the strict control of the International Atomic Energy

Agency (IAEA) and the National Regulatory Authority.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)