Rooppur nuke plant in Pabna

Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)– Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA) granted a license to Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) for construction of Unit No. 2 of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, following the Russian design.

The license confirms the safety of the design for construction as well, a press statement said.

The license was formally handed over at a ceremony held at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the capital Dhaka on Sunday.

The selected design for Rooppur NPP is based on VVER-1200 reactors, having its prototype at Novovoronezh NPP-2 of Russia.

This is an evolutionary GenIII+ design which entirely meets all international safety requirements, it added.

“ASE (Atomstroyexport) Engineering Company as the General Contractor performs all obligations related to the construction of the Rooppur NPP,” said Valery Limarenko, Head of the Engineering Division of Rosatom State Corporation.

“Currently, the construction of the first power unit is under way, and we are taking necessary preparation of pouring of first Concrete into the slab of reactor compartment of power unit No. 2.”

Construction of Rooppur NPP Unit 1 started in November, 2017.

Currently, the works on construction of the walls and reinforcement of the reactor building and the foundation slab of the auxiliary reactor building are being performed, while soil stabilization works for the evaporative cooling tower and others have already been commenced.

The Rooppur NPP construction is performed based on the Russia-Bangladesh Intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the area of NPP construction in the territory of the Bangladesh, signed on November 2, 2011.

On December 25, 2015 General Contract for designing, construction and commissioning of 2 NPP power units each of 1200 MW capacity and based on VVER-reactors was signed in Dhaka.

Atomstroyexport, a concern of ASE Group of Companies, which itself represents the engineering division of Rosatom State Corporation signed the deal as the General Contractor.

Rooppur NPP is under construction at the Ishwardi Upozilla on the bank of river Padma and 160 km from the capital city of Dhaka.