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Russia and Bangladesh sign agreement for new nuclear power development

19/03/2020
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Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom have signed a package of documents that will allow the two nations to work together on the development of new nuclear energy facilities. 

The Rooppur nuclear power plant is the first nuclear facility in Bangladesh and will be constructed and maintained by Russia's state owned atomic energy firm
(Image via Dhaka Tribune)

The package of documents amends the intergovernmental agreement between the countries on the construction of nuclear power plants in Bangladesh. The new protocol will allow Bangladesh to engage Rosatom on a long-term basis to assist in the operation, maintenance and repair of units 1 and 2 of the Rooppur plant.

The Russian company will also supply the equipment, expendable materials and spare parts during the duration of plant operations, as well as provide training for maintenance crews. They will be able to carry out maintenance, operational support and repair of the Rooppur plant throughout its entire life cycle.

An additional package of appendices was signed for the supply of nuclear fuel for the plant by Rosatom subsidiary TVEL JSC and the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC). The contract will be valid until the end of the operational lifetime of both units at Rooppur.

Construction began on the $12.65 billion Rooppur Nuclear Power plant in November 2017, with Rosatom subsidiary AtomStroyExport acting as general contractor for the project. The plant is the first in the country, located on the eastern bank of the river Ganges in the Pabna district, approximately 160km northwest of Dhaka. 

It will have a total capacity of 2.4GWe, from two 1000 MWe-class reactors. Reactor 1 is due to begin operations in 2023, while Reactor 2 is expected to begin operations in 2024. 

The packages were signed in Dhaka by Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachov and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina. 

"The construction has gained considerable pace," said Likhachov when visiting the site.

"It is gratifying to see that our specialists have the opportunity to live fully, engage in leisure activities and receive medical care at a specially constructed district."

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