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Rooppur Nuclear Plant to be made a company

Update : 14 Mar 2014, 08:29 PM

Initiatives have been made to register the proposed Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) as a company, in a bid to ensure the proper establishment and operation of the plant, a senior project official has said.

“For constructing a company under Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC), the existing legal infrastructure of the commission is being prepared as Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission Bill 2014,” RNPP Project Director Mohammad Shawkat Akbar told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

“Rooppur Nuclear Power Company Limited” will be registered with the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Farms, he said.

“A systematic approach in this regards is necessary. Considering these aspects, the BAEC has started its activities,” Akbar said.

A website – www.rnpp.gov.bd – will also be launched by April to provide information and daily updates about the planned 2,000MW Rooppur project, as well as presenting different information between 1962 and the present day.

“In accordance with the companies act for establishing a state-owned company under Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, the drafts of memorandum of association and articles of association have been prepared,” the project director said.

He added that the company will function independently, ensuring transparency and competency in human resources.

An independent organisation needs to be established for operation of the RNPP, he said, adding that the entire process of implementing the project would determine the organisational structure, workforce planning, staffing and training requirement for the RNPP.

“A high-level administrative provision is established through Bangladesh Nuclear Power Action Plan [BANPAP] to ensure efficient implementation of a government decision on the national nuclear power programme,” Akbar said.

“Once the power plant is installed, there will be job creation, development of science and education, energy security, tax payment growth, country’s reputation growth at regional level, social infrastructure development, industry and construction sector development,” he added.

In June 2012, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Act 2012 was enacted in the parliament, and accordingly, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA) started functioning as an independent authority in February 2013.

Once fully operational, the Rooppur plant will be the country’s largest power plant with a capacity of 2,000MW at Rooppur in Pabna.

The Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, under the science and technology ministry, will implement the project.

Bangladesh plans to produce 1,000MW of electricity by 2021 and another 1,000MW by 2022 from the RNPP. The tenure of the plant would be 60 years, with options to extend it by another 20 years.

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