RNPP will come into operation by 2022
Bangladesh is set to sign a nuclear fuel supply agreement with Russia on Tuesday for the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) project.
As the implementing agency of the RNPP project, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) will ink the contract with the Russian state-owned nuclear fuel firm TVEL Joint Stock Company in this regard.
According to a proposal approved by the Cabinet Division's Economic Affairs Committee, TVEL Joint Stock Company will supply fuel for the 'entire lifetime' of the 2,400 MW RNPP project.
According to the Inter-governmental Agreement (IGA) signed with the Russian Federation in November 2011, Bangladesh is required to procure nuclear fuel from the Russian company for the entire life span of the power plant.
Each unit of the power plant will have to reload one-thirds of the total required nuclear fuel in every 18 months and the first, second and third reload will be provided by the Russian firm free of cost.
Each reloading of nuclear fuel will cost $62 million, equivalent to Tk 500.24 crore.
In January last, Dhaka and Moscow inked an agreement on nuclear fuel supply.
The Bangladesh government has engaged Russian nuclear energy firm Rosatom as contractor of the RNPP project at a cost of $12.65 billion.
Besides, the officials said Rosatom has been paid $550 million for a feasibility study and design of the project.
Initially, it was projected by the contractor that the first unit of the RNPP will come into operation by 2022, while the second unit by 2024.