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Nuclear Power Plant Company Ltd set to begin operations

Update : 21 Sep 2015, 07:35 PM

At its second board meeting yesterday, Nuclear Power Plant Company Bangladesh Ltd finalised the company organogram to recruit manpower and advisers to develop the 2,000 MW Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.

“An auditor will be appointed to scrutinise the accounts of FY2015-16, the possible budget for the fiscal year was also approved at the meeting,” the company’s first managing director, Mohammad Shawkat Akbar, told the Dhaka Tribune.

The meeting was chaired by Science and Technology acting Secretary Md Sirajul Haque Khan and held at the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) headquarters in Agargaon, he said.

BAEC, under the Ministry of Science and Technology, owns the company. In April 2013, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved the establishment of the first phase of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant Project. The project site in Pakshi union, Pabna, sits on 105 hectares of land.

The initial project duration is from March 2013 to June 2017. The plant is scheduled to go into operation by 2021 and is expected to cost Tk5,087.81cr to build, including project aid of Tk4,000cr from the Russian government.

On September 8, 2015, parliament passed the Nuclear Power Plant Bill 2015 to ensure the proper establishment and operation of the country’s nuclear power plants, including the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.

Shawkat Akbar said the company would soon be setting up a new office in Dhaka.

Bangladesh plans to produce 1,000MW of electricity by 2021 and another 1,000MW by 2022 from the Rooppur plant. The plant’s tenure is 60 years with the option to extend it by another 20 years. 

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