Yafesh visits Russia to see nuclear reactor process

DHAKA, A high power delegation led by Science and Technology Minister Architect Yeafesh Osman is now visiting Russia to oversee the manufacturing process of Reactors and Steam Generators for Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) in Pabna.

The delegation visited and inspected Volgodonsk Branch of JSC AEM-technology to become familiar with the manufacturing process of reactors and steam generators for two units of under construction RNPP, according to a message received here today.

It said JSC AEM-technology, a company of machine-building division of the State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM is engaged in manufacturing of reactors with all internals equipment and sets of Steam Generators for Rooppur project.

Bangladeshi Ambassador to Russia S M Saiful Hoque, senior officials of the ministry and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) accompanied with the delegation.

The delegation visited the main workshops, where the Reactor Pressure Vessels and Steam Generators are being manufactured, the release said.

It added that they saw the welding process of Reactor Vessel for Unit-1 of RNPP. Russian experts briefed to delegates about equipment manufacturing process with first class safety category.

The visiting delegates also observed the cooling process of a Steam Generator at the clean assembly section.

Praising skill and professionalism of engineers and workers of the plant Yeafesh Osman said, I'm convinced that the time allocated for implementation of RNPP is being utilized most effectively, and there is no issue with the quality of work. We are absolutely sure that Bangladesh will have a perfect and high quality nuclear power plant.

The RNPP is designed and being constructed by ROSATOM. The plant will host two units with generation 3 plus VVER-1200 reactors, and will have a life cycle of 60 years with a provision of extending by another 20 years. Each unit will have an electricity generation capacity of 1200 MW. First unit is expected to be commissioned in 2023 and the second in 2024.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha