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Bangladeshis getting training in Russia to operate Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant

Rosatom making relentless efforts to ensure supply of nuclear fuel to plant reactors from next year, contractor chief Alexey Likhachev says

Update : 19 Oct 2022, 03:01 PM

Bangladeshi engineers, experts and workers are getting training to assist in the operations of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP).

Alexey Likhachev, director general of Rosatom, the Russian contractor helping Bangladesh implement the project, on Wednesday said: “Rosatom has been training Bangladeshis who will work at the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in the future.”

They were getting training in phases, he said, adding that Rosatom had already trained 300 Bangladeshis in Russia.

“Some 624 experts have started working. We are giving training to 17 more specialists, who will work at this power plant in the future,” Likhachev said.

He was speaking on the occasion of the installation of the reactor pressure vessel at the second unit of the 2,400MW nuclear power plant.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the program – held in Ishwardi of Pabna – virtually from her official residence, Ganabhaban, in Dhaka.

Likhachev said Russia’s state-run Rosatom was making relentless efforts to ensure the supply of nuclear fuel to the plant reactors from next year.

“It’s a great honour for Rosatom to be a part of the prime minister’s efforts. We are now actively working to install cooling equipment in the first unit,” he said.

Construction work of the plant had continued throughout the Covid-19 pandemic due to the close relationship between Bangladesh and Russia, Likhachev said during his speech.

Later, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the installation of the reactor pressure vessel.

According to project details, the first unit of the nuclear power plant will supply 1,200MW of electricity in 2023, and the same amount will be available from the second unit in 2024.

The Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission is implementing the Rooppur project with technical and financial support from Russia. 

The project cost, including manpower training, amounts to $12.65 billion; Russia is funding 90% of it.

The Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant is expected to produce electricity for a minimum of 60 years. The economic life of a conventional power plant is 25 years.

The prime minister on October 10 last year inaugurated the reactor pressure vessel of the first unit of the RNPP. It officially made Bangladesh the 33rd country to have a nuclear reactor capable of producing electricity.

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