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Bangladesh set to enter global nuclear club

Update : 05 Apr 2023, 14:59

Bangladesh will be able to load nuclear fuel (uranium) as early as October, according to the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant authority. Bangladesh will join the nuclear club of the world if the nuclear fuel (uranium) arrives and storage is completed.

The Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant is expecting to start production in 2024 and for this the plant is now generating electricity in full swing by using nuclear energy. Uranium or nuclear fuel will arrive to our country in October. Despite the delay in the construction schedule due to the corona epidemic, Ukraine war and global economy, there is no possibility of increase in the cost i.e. the contract price in this project, which is the largest in the country from the financial and technical point of view. After the installation of heavy machinery in the project, preparations for energy management are now underway. 

The preparations are underway in two units for power generation with a capacity of 1,200 MW. Engineers from home and abroad are working around the clock to complete the project soon. Project officials said that three quarters of the construction work has been finished.

"The ancillary work will be completed by next June. The Russian-funded VVER 1,200 type third generation reactors will provide electricity to Bangladesh safely for hundreds of years at a relatively low price. At the same time, the country will also rise to a new level of technology use," said Shaukat Akbar, the project director of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant .

"All the civil construction works including reactor building, turbine building, optional reactor building have been completed. Now we have different types of final tasks like coloring i.e. this part of civil work is left. We are gradually moving towards commissioning the work. For the first time, we have built our own side infrastructure according to international requirements and we have to bring and keep fuel by fulfilling the obligations of the International Atomic Energy Agency 'Regarding Safety and Security' and 'Safeguard'.

"We will begin the start-up of the reactor by September 2024, having taken into account all the circumstances, according to the decision made by all national, international, and IEA stakeholders. The project is being carried out with the intention of providing electricity consistently from this power plant for the next 100 years," he added.

Shaukat Akbar also said that a fixed price agreement was made when the Rooppur nuclear power project was put into action. There is no chance of an increase in project costs, or contract price, if duration of construction lengthen.

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