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India collaborating with Russia for nuclear power plant in Bangladesh
India said on Wednesday it is collaborating with Russia to build the Rooppur nuclear power plant in Bangladesh, the first initiative under a Indo-Russia deal to undertake atomic energy projects in third countries. This will also be India`s first atomic energy venture abroad. "We are collaborating with our Russian and Bangladeshi partners on establishing Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Bangladesh," Atomic Energy Commission chairman Sekhar Basu said at the 61st general conference of the global nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Dr Basu`s remarks are significant given that the Indian nuclear establishment for years has not been able to grow, internationally, due to sanctions imposed on New Delhi post the 1974 Pokhran tests. It was, however, not clear what kind of "collaboration" India was doing since it is not a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) - a 48 member grouping that controls the export of materials, equipment and technology that can be used to manufacture nukes. According to the December 2014 `Strategic Vision for Strengthening Cooperation in Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy` between India and Russia, the "two sides will explore opportunities for sourcing materials, equipment and services from Indian industry for the construction of the Russian- designed nuclear power plants in third countries". India signed a civil nuclear cooperation deal, along with two more agreements, with Bangladesh in April under which the two sides can supply and manufacture equipment, material for the atomic power plant. The Rooppur project, which is being built by the Russians near Dhaka, will be Bangladesh`s first atomic energy project. After commissioning of two units, each with a capacity of 1200 MWs, Bangladesh will be the third South Asian country after India and Pakistan to harness energy from atomic fission. The Indian government has approved construction of 10 new indigenously built nuclear power projects, Dr Basu informed the IAEA. "With these reactors we will now have 21 reactors under construction and 22 reactors in operation. This will increase the capacity to over 22,000 MW by the end of next decade," he said. To cater to the needs of the country`s expanding nuclear power programme, the Department of Atomic Energy is also stepping up exploration and mining operations for uranium production, Dr Basu added.
Bangladesh, Russia deal sign on return of spent nuclear fuel
August 30, 2017 Wednesday 11:21 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh on Wednesday signed an inter-government agreement with Moscow in the Russian capital on return of hazardous nuclear waste or spent nuclear fuel to be discharged from Rooppur Nuclear power Plant being constructed with their assistance. Science and Technology Minister Yeafesh Osman from Bangladesh side and Russia’s state nuclear authority Rosatom’s Director General Alexey Likhachev signed the deal, Science and Technology Ministry information officer Md Kamrul Islam Bhuiyan told energynewsbd.com. The Science and technology ministry, meanwhile, issued a statement in Dhaka saying Bangladesh attached high importance on returning nuclear waste or spent nuclear fuel to Russia from the very beginning of the process. “This matter was also mentioned in the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) signed between Bangladesh and Russia in 2011,” it said referring to the background of the deal. Science and Technology Secretary M Anwar Hossain, Bangladesh Ambassador in Moscow Dr. Saiful Hoque and Rooppur plant`s Project Director Dr. Mohammad Shawkat Akbar were present among others during the signing ceremony at the Rosatom headquarters. Russia earlier agreed to sign the agreement to return RNPP`s spent fuel while the Bangladesh cabinet on June 5, 2017 approved a draft of the treaty titled agreement between the Russian Federation and Bangladesh on Cooperation concerning return of spent nuclear fuel from Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant to the Russian Federation. The agreement stipulates provisions for reprocessing of the spent Russian nuclear fuel from the Rooppur NPP at subsidiary enterprises of Rosatom. Implementation of the agreement will define the procedure for treatment of the spent nuclear fuel of Rooppur NPP project, said a press release from Rosatom on Wednesday. “Rooppur NPP will be equipped with two Russian VVER reactors, each with a minimum capacity of 1,200 MW. The VVER-1200 offered by Rosatom is a modern generation 3+ project which meets all post-Fukushima safety standards and international rules,” said Alexey Likhachev. “The agreement constitutes a major milestone of the Rooppur NPP construction project which has become a symbol of a new stage in development of bilateral cooperation of our countries even before the start of the construction.” he added. Both the sides have prepared an intergovernmental agreement on the treatment of the spent nuclear fuel of the Rooppur NPP. In accordance with the established procedure, the document was approved by the government of the Russian Federation and the government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. It is planned to prepare and sign commercial contracts as part of the further development of the intergovernmental agreement. The Rooppur NPP is the largest joint project based on Russian technologies that will allow Bangladesh to enter into the international community of countries, who use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. Implementation of the project is given the highest national priority in Bangladesh. The construction of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) is implemented under an intergovernmental agreement signed between Russia and Bangladesh on November 2, 2011. On December 25, 2015 ASE group of companies (ROSATOM’s subsidiary) signed a contract to construct Rooppur NPP consisting of two VVER power units, each with a capacity of 1,200 MW. The NPP construction site is located 160 km from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, on the east bank of the Padma river. The first of two units is expected to go into operation in 2023, the second– in 2024. The design of the innovative Generation 3+ power unit which will be installed on Rooppur NPP includes the most powerful type of VVER-1200 reactor, as well as a high-speed turbine specially designed for new-generation NPPs. It provides the highest level of operational safety and fully meets all post-Fukushima requirements strictly set by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).  
Category: Nuclear
Bangladeshi students studying in Russia visit Rooppur project site
August 21, 2017 Monday 11:00 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
A group of 34 Bangladeshi students studying nuclear science in Russia visited the under construction Rooppur Nuclear Power Project site at Ishwardi on August 20, 2017. The students are in Bangladesh at the moment to enjoy their annual summer vacation. The main purpose of the visit was to practically acquaint the future nuclear specialists of the country with the implementation process of the project, said a press release. During the day long program, organized by Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) the students were taken around different parts of the project and were briefed on the ongoing construction activities. They were also explained the various steps of implementation of the country’s first ever nuclear power plant. The Project Director Dr. Shawkat Akbar stressed the necessity of skilled manpower for a developed and sustainable nuclear infrastructure of the country. He further informed that the Bangladesh government has been working in that direction. Dr. Akbar hoped that the Bangladeshi students studying in Russia by virtue of their eligibility will be able to work for at the Rooppur nuclear power plant and will take the opportunity to utilize their knowledge and experience, gathered in Russia. After visiting the site, Zaima Huque, a first year nuclear engineering student of MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) said, “I will be proud to work for the first ever nuclear power plant of the country. I intend to play significant role in development of nuclear industry in the country with my knowledge, experience and merit.” Masudur Rahman, a post-graduate nuclear engineering student of the same university while sharing his experience said, “Rooppur nuclear power plant is a matter of pride for all of us. It is going to let us enter the global nuclear elite club. Progress of the project work is really satisfactory and I hope that we’ll be able to get electricity from the project within the stipulated time. Given the opportunity I’ll dedicate myself to this prestigious project for the sake of my country.” As the part of human resources development for the nuclear industry and under a bilateral agreement, 43 Bangladeshi students are studying nuclear science in Russian renowned National Research Nuclear University – MEPhI both in pre and post-graduate levels. As per agreement Russian government is providing scholarships to meritorious Bangladeshi students to study nuclear science in their country. ASE Group of Companies, A sister concern of the Russia’s State Nuclear Energy Corporation (ROSATOM) is constructing the Rooppur nuclear power plant in the district of Pabna. Two 3+ generation nuclear power units, each of 1,200 MW capacity to be set up at the project. The main phase of construction is expected to begin in the nearest future.
Category: Nuclear
Russia mobilizes multinational experts for Rooppur nuclear plant`s safety
June 22, 2017 Thursday 12:33 PM By BSS
German and French experts joined hands with Russians as Russia starts works to install Bangladesh`s maiden nuclear power plant (NPP) in northwestern Rooppur laying high priority on safety standards, a senior Russian official said on Tuesday. "We we are engaging German and French specialists alongside ours to build the plant with the state of art technologies, maintaining highest safety standards," President of JSC NIAEP-holding Company JSC Atomstroyexport (JSC ASE) Valery Limarenko said. The chief of JSC ASE, a key foreign trade engineering company of State Corporation "Rosatom" for construction of nuclear power facilities abroad, said Rooppur plant`s design was made in line with the world`s first "Generation 3+" NPP of Novovoronezh plant, now in operation in Russia. "This (Novovoronezh) is the safest nuclear power plant that has ever been exploited in the world," Limarenko said adding Bangladeshi experts preferred the Novovoronezh`s technology to be replicated in Roopur because of its security features. He said works were now underway to solidify the soil at the plant site at Rooppur so the plant could be built on a stable soil. Talking to BSS Vice-president of project in Bangladesh Maksim V. Elchishchev said the State Corporation Rosatom has undertaken necessary measures for ensuring safety and security of the project. "We will arrange latest technologies and install 3+ tier security measures as a safeguard of the plant," he said. He said Russia will start building the reactor for Rooppur this year as per the contract strictly complying with the IAEA terms and conditions. Their comments came on the sidelines of 9th Atomexpo 2017 being staged by Russia`s State-run atomic energy corporation ROSATOM to highlight "Nuclear as the Basis of Future Carbon-Free Energy Production" while the event drew over 5,000 participants representing more than 600 companies from 62 countries. Atomexpo held panel discussions, round tables with extensive participant of Russian and foreign enterprises of the nuclear industry and related industries. The three-day Atomexpo, is conducted with the main theme of "Nuclear Technology - Safety, Ecology, Sustainability." 
Category: Nuclear
Rosatom to engage Indian experts in Rooppur NPP Construction
June 3, 2017 Saturday 10:47 PM By sputniknews.com
Russia`s state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom plans to engage Indian experts in the construction of the first Bangladeshi nuclear power plant (NPP) Rooppur, the company`s CEO Alexey Likhachev told Sputnik on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Friday. We are considering inviting Indian specialists to participate in the Rooppur project… We are talking about engaging Indian experts in training staff and for technical consultations. Finally, our Indian colleagues` participation in the construction itself will be useful, this will allow to optimize the work," Likhachev said. The Rosatom CEO noted that the idea was initially voiced by the Indian side at the October 2016 BRICS summit in Goa, while the Bangladeshi side had no objections. The Rooppur power plant is set to be built on the eastern bank of the Padma River about 100 miles from the country`s capital of Dhaka. It will consist of two power generation units with Russian VVER-1200 reactors, each generating 1.2 GWs. The 21st SPIEF kicked off on Thursday for its 3-day run, gathering high-ranking politicians and prominent business leaders from dozens of countries in the Russian city of St. Petersburg. 
Category: Nuclear
PM seeks enhanced IAEA supports to implement SDGs
May 30, 2017 Tuesday 10:23 PM By BSS
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday sought enhanced International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) assistance for Bangladesh and other developing nations in implementing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through peaceful use of nuclear technology. Addressing an IAEA conference in the Austrian capital, she said Bangladesh wants to draw maximum benefits from the peaceful uses of nuclear technologies through IAEA expertise and was keen to work with developing countries to forge greater cooperation. "IAEA should strengthen its efforts to help member states, particularly the LDCs and developing countries, to implement the SDGs," she said. The prime minister said capacity building and transfer of technologies are much needed for developing countries to achieve SDGs. The premier, however, reaffirmed Bangladesh commitment to working with IAEA and other international partners in ensuring peaceful use of nuclear technology. "Bangladesh is solidly anchored at its principled position on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation," she said. The IAEA has organized the three-day conference titled "IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme -60 Years and Beyond: Contributing to Development" marking its 60th anniversary at Vienna Convention Centre. Sheikh Hasina urged the developed countries to help maintain IAEA resources assured and sufficient for the technical cooperation programmes. IAEA director general Yukiya Amano, Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim and Uruguay President Tabare Vazquez also spoke on the occasion. Sheikh Hasina praised IAEA for its dedicated efforts in promoting peaceful uses of nuclear energy under its motto `Atoms for Peace and Development`, in the last 60 years. She also thanked IAEA for its support to Bangladesh in its development over the last 45 years. "IAEA holds a special place in Bangladesh`s development and energy security. It is one of the first few intergovernmental organizations that granted membership to Bangladesh in 1972, immediately after our War of Liberation," Sheikh Hasina said. The premier also pointed out her family`s IAEA links since her eminent nuclear scientist husband late Dr. MA Wazed Miah represented Bangladesh in the IAEA for a long time. "His (Wazed Miah) bold and forward-looking initiatives helped shaping the dream of the country`s Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Shiekh Mujibur Rahman for using the nuclear energy in peaceful purposes," she said. Sheikh Hasina said Bangabandhu established the Atomic Energy Research Centre (AERC) which for more than 30 years is working for research, radioisotope production, education and training purposes. The prime minister said science, technology and innovation have a major role in Bangladesh`s current robust socioeconomic development. She said a group of Bangladeshi scientists deciphered the genetic code of jute with a great success, and Bangladesh has also devised "science diplomacy" to ensure partnership for sustainable economic development through knowledge generation and sharing. "We aim to make full use of science, technology and innovation to achieve a Digital Bangladesh," she said. Accordingly, in the National Science and Technology Policy and the 7th Five Year Plan from 2016 to 2021, she said, the government has focused on finding solutions to the emerging problems in agriculture, food, health, environment and climate change sectors through application of science and technology. The prime minister said Bangladesh enjoys an excellent collaboration with IAEA and successfully completed some 138 national projects with its technical cooperation and participated in 111 regional projects under Regional Cooperative Agreement (RCA). Sheikh Hasina said under the framework of IAEA`s Technical Cooperation Program, Bangladesh has received support in many areas, such as, nuclear education and research, food safety, food security, human healthcare improvement, use of isotopes techniques in water and environment system management, industrial applications like Non Destructive Testing, crop and livestock improvement and pest control etc. However, successes in two areas are very much noteworthy, she said, pointing out the achievements of Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture-BINA in development of high yielding and saline tolerant crops and progress of nuclear medical services in the country. The prime minister said BINA has already developed 92 improved varieties of 13 crops by using nuclear technology, radiation and other advanced techniques which are high yielding, high nutritive, short duration, salt and flood tolerant and climate resilient. BINA was awarded with the "Outstanding Achievement Award" in 2014 by FAO-IAEA for its contribution towards the achievement of food security. "Bangladesh today is self-sufficient in staple food production and even able to export surplus food grains," she added. About the advancement of nuclear medical services in Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina said the number of people having affordable access to diagnostic medical care has increased 10 times over the last twenty years, as the country has expanded and strengthened its nuclear medicine services. Fifteen public and six private nuclear medicine institutes in the country carry out more than four hundred thousand nuclear medicine procedures each year in the areas of medical treatment, she said adding that use of most recent nuclear technologies in the treatment of cancer are a real help to the people. Pointing out Bangladesh`s stepping into nuclear power generation programme, the prime minister said: "We regard nuclear energy as a safe, environment- friendly and economically viable source of electricity." She said the Russian-supported Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant will produce 2,400 megawatt electricity by two reactors. "Our aim is to generate at least 4,000 MW electricity from nuclear source by 2030," she said. The electricity generation will meet the ever-increasing demand of electricity of 160 million people of Bangladesh and thus it will unlock Bangladesh`s development potentials through enhanced productivity and sustained growth, she said.
Category: Nuclear
Cover unveiled of the book ‘Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant: Implementation of a dream’
May 29, 2017 Monday 9:37 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The cover of the book ‘Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant: Implementation of a dream’ was unveiled in May 25 during a simple ceremony held at the auditorium of Atomic Energy Center in Dhaka. Yeafesh Osman, Science and Technology Minister unveiled the cover of the book. The acting secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Chairman of the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and other high officials of the ministry and the commission were present at that time. The Minister said that the by publishing such book, our knowledge about nuclear power will be increased. It will also aid in removing some of the popular misconception about the safety of nuclear power plant. He also said that highest priority has been given on the safety issue of the power plant. The guideline and regulation of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is also being rigorously followed. The science writer Rusho Taher edited the book. Acting secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology Md Anwar Hossain, former chairman of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission Dr Shafiqul Islam Bhuiyan, Chairman of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission Engr. Md  Monzurul Haque, Architect Rabiul Hussain, Physicist Manoranjan das and Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant Project Director Dr Mohammad Shawkat Akbar, also spoke at the programme. 
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Russian delegation visits Bangladesh to discuss the main construction phase of Rooppur plant
May 21, 2017 Sunday 11:36 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
A high power delegation from Russia visited Bangladesh last week to discuss the main construction phase, including preparations for “first concrete” of Rooppur NPP. Headed by Nikolai Spasskiy, Deputy Director General of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation -ROSATOM, the delegation comprised Valery Limarenko, CEO of АSE Group of Companies (general contractor for the Rooppur project) and Alexei Ferapontov, Deputy Chairman of Rostechnadzor, the Russian Federal Service for Ecological, Technological and Nuclear Supervision. The Russian delegation had talks with Architect Yeafesh Osman, Minister for Science and Technology, Dr. Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, and Abul Kalam Azad, Chief Coordinator for SDG affairs at the Prime Minister’s Office. Bilateral meetings focused on various practical issues related to the beginning of main construction phase of Rooppur NPP, said a press release. Senior officials of the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA) were also present at the meetings. The Russian delegation also visited the Rooppur NPP construction site where they held a technical meeting with the Bangladesh side, including the representatives of BAERA. It may be mentioned here that works for the preparatory phase of the Rooppur NPP is nearing completion and the main construction is expected to begin in the second half of the current year. First of two units is expected to go into operation in 2023, the second–in 2024. The design of the innovative Generation 3+ power unit, which will be installed on Rooppur NPP includes the most powerful type of VVER-1200 reactor, as well as a high-speed turbine specially designed for new-generation NPPs. It provides the highest level of operational safety and fully meets all post-Fukushima requirements strictly set by the IAEA.    
Category: Nuclear
IAEA and Rosatom will join efforts to improve nuclear infrastructure in newcomer countries
April 22, 2017 Saturday 6:50 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Russia’s state corporation- Rosatom has agreed to join hands in improving nuclear infrastructure in the countries, those are just opting for nuclear power development. Yukiya Amano, Director General of the IAEA, and Alexey Likhachev, CEO of Rosatom signed an agreement to this effect on April 19 in Vienna. The agreement was initiated by Rosatom, said a press release. ‘The cooperation includes, in particular, nuclear trainings, development of the industry regulations, analysis of safety of every facilities, those are to be made under the auspices of IAEA,’ said Alexey Likhachev. Rosatom’s CEO told that one of the issues discussed at the meeting with IAEA Director General was the importance of project evaluation from the point of view of its cost effectiveness and safety. Rosatom is the Russian state atomic energy corporation bringing together over 255, 000 people in 350 enterprises and scientific institutions including all Russian civil nuclear companies, research organizations and the world’s only nuclear-propelled icebreaker fleet. Under an intergovernmental agreement Rosatom is implementing the Rooppur nuclear power plant in Bangladesh, which consists of two VVER power units, each with a capacity of 1,200 MW. On March 15, 2017 Russia and Bangladesh approved and initialed the draft intergovernmental agreement on spent fuel management of the Rooppur NPP.
Category: Nuclear
ROSATOM prefers local manufacturers, suppliers for Rooppur NPP
April 17, 2017 Monday 5:09 PM By BSS
Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM is preferring local manufacturers and suppliers for construction of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) at Paksey in Pabna district. “We prefer Bangladeshi manufacturers and suppliers to be involved in the construction of the RNPP except the technical equipment,” Director purchasing, procurement and quality of Atomstroyexport, a subsidiary of ROSATOM, Alexander Shmigelskiy said. He said the materials as well as equipment would be of Russian standard as per the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), adding, “Technical equipment for the RNPP would be compliance standard as well as sustainable standard for environment.” Alexander Shmigelskiy, also deputy general manager of the project, said Atomstroyexport, a general contractor of the RNPP, would go for open tender so that local manufacturers and suppliers can participate in the process. “The main purpose of the conference is to inform Bangladeshi companies about possibilities of their participation in the Rooppur NPP project,” he added. In this regard, Atomstroyexport and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) held a conference on participation of the Bangladesh manufacturers/suppliers in the RNPP in Dhaka on Monday. The agenda included design requirements during construction of the facility, tendering procedures and supply terms, logistics and equipment manufacture quality assurance. Some manufacturers and suppliers took part in the conference and expressed their keen interest to supply materials for Bangladesh`s first nuclear power plant. They raised different queries and got answers from the Russian officials about supply of the materials. According to the conference sources, it is necessary to select suppliers of construction materials and equipment, including sand, stone chips, crushes stone, concrete, reinforcement, low-pressure pipelines and rolled steel. Among others, Martynow, Kuchumov, Streltsov and Yashkov of nuclear related experts and officials from Russia presented various information and explained queries of the local manufacturers and suppliers in the conference, while Vijay Joshi, deputy Chief Executive of ROSATOM South Asia Marketing (India) Pvt Ltd joined it.
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Conference for local suppliers of Rooppur NPP will be held on April 17
April 12, 2017 Wednesday 11:54 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
АSE Group of Companies, a subsidiary of ROSATOM State Nuclear Energy Corporation, and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission will hold a conference on procurements for Rooppur NPP. The purpose of the event is to ensure transparency in work with Bangladeshi suppliers. The conference for potential suppliers of equipment and materials for Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, which is currently under construction, will take place in Dhaka (the Le Meridien hotel) on April 17 this year, said a press release. The agenda will include design requirements imposed during construction of the facility, tendering procedures and supply terms, logistics and equipment manufacture quality assurance. АSE Group of Companies was established within the framework of development of Rosatom engineering division, by uniting three leading companies of the industry: JSC ASE EC, JSC “Atomstroyexport”, JSC “Atomenergoproekt” and JSC “ATOMPROEKT”. ASE Group of Companies is one of the world leaders in nuclear power engineering and holds over 30% of the global NPP construction market. “As the general contractor we plan to involve, as much as possible, Bangladeshi enterprises in construction of Rooppur NPP, the largest energy project of the country which has tremendous importance for its economy,” Alexander Khazin, Senior Vice-President for International Projects at АSE Group of Companies said. According to him, at the moment it is necessary to select suppliers of construction materials and equipment, including sand, stone chips, concrete, reinforcement, low-pressure pipelines and rolled steel. “The main purpose of the conference is to inform Bangladeshi companies about possibilities of participation in the Rooppur NPP project”, Maksim Yelchischev, Vice President for Bangladesh Projects of АSE Group of Companies said. “We would like to cover the market as much as possible. This will not only allow us to optimize costs but also to ensure top quality of the products which is a prerequisite for construction of such a complex facility as a nuclear power plant.” he added. The construction of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) is implemented under an intergovernmental agreement signed between Russia and Bangladesh on November 2, 2011. On December 25, 2015 ASE group of companies signed a contract to construct Rooppur NPP consisting of two VVER power units, each with a capacity of 1,200 MW. The NPP construction site is located 160 km from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, on the east bank of the Ganges river. The first of two units is expected to go into operation in 2023, the second–in 2024. The design of the innovative Generation 3+ power unit which will be installed on Rooppur NPP includes the most powerful type of VVER-1200 reactor, as well as a high-speed turbine specially designed for new-generation NPPs. It provides the highest level of operational safety and fully meets all post-Fukushima requirements strictly set by the IAEA.    
Category: Nuclear
Bangladesh, India ink 3 pacts on nuclear energy
April 11, 2017 Tuesday 7:20 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh and India signed three pacts to build up cooperation for development in nuclear sector. The deals were signed in New Delhi on Saturday during the visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. It was second such deal India had signed with a South Asian neighbor, according to a report by the official news agency Press Trust of India (PTI). The pact entails knowledge sharing and training of Bangladeshi personnel in the area. The first agreement is the general cooperation pact for peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The second one was signed between the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) of India and its Bangladeshi equal Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA), which calls for exchange of technical cooperation and sharing of information in the field of nuclear safety and radiation protection. The third agreement focuses on Indo-Bangla collaboration regarding nuclear power plants in Bangladesh. "The pact also includes training of Bangladeshi personnel by our Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB)," the report quoted a senior Indian government official as saying. India earlier signed civil nuclear deals with the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, South Korea, Mongolia, France, Namibia, Argentina, Canada, Kazakhstan, Australia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Japan. After India and Pakistan, Bangladesh is the third South Asian nation which has plans to harness nuclear power. Russia is building two nuclear power plants in Bangladesh.  
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Russia, India sign joint statement on final takeover of Kudankulam Unit-1
April 6, 2017 Thursday 8:48 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Representatives of ASE Group of Companies, a subsidiary of ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation, and the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) signed a joint statement on final takeover of unit- 1 of the kudankulam nuclear power plant (KKNPP) on April 5, 2017. By signing the document, the Russian and Indian sides confirmed fulfillment of all warranty terms and obligations of the contractor (ASE Group of Companies) for the construction of the Unit 1, said a press release. "The warranty period run showed reliable and safe operation of Unit-1. Thus, the Indian side confirms that ASE Group of Companies, which is general contractor, has fulfilled all its tasks in full and accurately,” said Andrei Lebedev, Vice President of ASE for projects in South Asia. "Onwards operation of unit- 1 is totally within the responsibility of the Indian side,” he added. The commercial operation and the warranty period of Unit -1 of KKNPP started in December, 2014. On March 30, 2017 joint protocol on provisional acceptance of Unit-2 of the kudankulam power Plant was signed, which marked the start of its commercial operation.
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20 Bangladeshi students to get Russian scholarship for higher education in nuclear engineering
April 1, 2017 Saturday 9:38 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
This year, at least 20 students from Bangladesh will receive scholarship for higher education in Russia in the field of nuclear engineering. The scholarships are given under the quotas of Russia’s state nuclear power corporation ROSATOM. This was informed by Alexander Demin, Director of the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Dhaka, said a press release. Bangladeshi students will study in some major universities, including National Research Nuclear University MEPhI in Moscow and in Obninsk branch of National Research Nuclear University "Moscow Engineering Physics Institute" (NRNU MEPhI). The education program will mainly focus on the specialised field "Nuclear Power Plants: Design, Operation and Engineering". "Tests in mathematics and physics, as well as interviews of the applicants were conducted in Dhaka in cooperation with ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation, which is implementing the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Bangladesh. Nearly 100 students were primarily selected for the selection test. Out of them, at least 20 students will be selected for bachelor and masters programs." said Demin.  "Currently about 50 Bangladeshi students are studying in MEPhI. The first batch is graduating next year," he added. Demin further informed that this year over 60 students from Bangladesh will go to Russia for higher education in medicine, agriculture, journalism, fine arts and other fields.  
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‘Nuclear power is still cost effective’
March 26, 2017 Sunday 12:08 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
One of the biggest challenges for nuclear power today is to maintain the highest standards of safety and at the same time keep the cost reasonable, said Andrey Rozhdestvin, Head of ROSATOM´s regional office for Western Europe (ROSATOM France) while speaking at the 12th European Nuclear Power Conference, held on March 23 in Brussels. “The global nuclear industry is currently facing a number of challenges which we can overcome through cooperation. The challenges are achieving the highest standards of nuclear safety, keeping the costs reasonable, building nuclear power plants within stipulated time and budget, gaining public support, in particular in the area of the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle, and decommissioning,” Rozhdestvin added. According to him, ROSATOM is trying to address these challenges by developing new nuclear technologies, not only light-water reactors, but also fast reactors, innovative fuel cycle technologies and ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor). “Last year, we commissioned the first Generation III+ reactor (Novovoronezh NPP) and a brand new BN-800 sodium cooled reactor (Beloyarsk NPP).  We are implementing a number of nuke plants in and outside Russia and have been demonstrating every day that it is possible to build on time and on budget, that nuclear energy remains profitable even if the highest standards of safety are industrially implemented,” he said. It may be mentioned here that Rosatom is implementing the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Bangladesh. The NPP will have two units, each of 1200 MW capacity. Generation 3+ nuclear reactor VVER 1200 has been chosen for the project, said a press release. On 21-23 March 2017, Brussels hosted the First European Power Generation Week, organized by Platts international news agency and supported by ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation of Russia. This year, the organizers decided to merge Europe’s two largest industry events, the 8th European Power Summit and the 12th European Nuclear Power Conference, into one three-day event.
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Draft agreement on spent nuclear fuel management approved
March 18, 2017 Saturday 10:40 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh and Russia have approved and initialed the draft of agreement on spent fuel management for Rooppur nuclear power plant on March 15, 2017 in Dhaka.  Both the sides agreed to prepare the final documents for formal signing at the earliest, said a press release from Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM. A Russian delegation comprising Nikolay Spassky, Deputy CEO of State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM and Alexey Ferapontov, Deputy Head of the Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service of Russia (Rostekhnadzor) was on a two day visit to Dhaka to discuss various issues related to Rooppur NPP construction with their Bangladesh counterpart. Alexander Ignatov, Russian Ambassador to Bangladesh also joined the sessions. Preparation of the intergovernmental agreement on spent fuel management for the Rooppur NPP was the central issue of the discussion. After a detailed negotiation, both the sides reached a consensus on the issue. The other issues which were discussed are schedule of events related to completion of the preparatory phase contracts and the beginning of the main phase of the Rooppur NPP construction. Both the sides came to a general understanding that the key task in the upcoming period is to ensure the "first concrete” pouring at the power unit 1 of the Rooppur NPP within the stipulated time frame.  A special working group has been formed in order to ensure current cooperation involving regulators from both the countries, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) and ASE Group of Companies. As part of the program Russian delegation visited the Rooppur NPP construction site and joined a working meeting. Naiyyum Choudhury, Chairman of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA), Engr. Md Monzurul Haque, Chairman of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) and representatives of ASE Group of Companies, the general contractor of the project also took part in the meeting. The preliminary results of the scheduled work for the RNPP will be presented during the meeting of the Joint Coordination Council scheduled to be held in Moscow in June- July 2017.
Category: Nuclear
World’s first Generation 3+ nuke unit goes into commercial operation in Russia
March 5, 2017 Sunday 10:03 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The newest power unit no 1 of Novovoronezh NPP-2 with 3+ generation VVER-1200 reactor has been put into commercial operation on February 27, 2017. This is the reference project of the under construction Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant and is the most powerful nuclear unit in Russia at the moment, said a press release. Bangladesh will have their first ever nuclear power plant at Rooppur of Pabna. Being constructed with Russian assistance it will have two power units with Generation 3+ VVER reactors, each with a capacity of 1,200 MW. The first of two units is expected to go into operation in 2023, the second in 2024. The Russian Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service (Rostekhnadzor) had recently certified that project documentation of the commissioned plant meets technical rules and regulations as well as the energy efficiency requirements. The unit was first connected to the Russian grid and started the electricity generation on 5 August 2016.  Testing was successfully completed on February 23, 2017 after 15-day performance testing at 100% capacity. Design of generation 3+ power unit includes the most powerful type of VVER reactor with a capacity of 1,200 MW, as well as a high-speed turbine specially designed for new-generation NPPs. It provides a unique combination of active and passive safety systems and fully meets all post-Fukushima requirements set by the IAEA. Main features of generation 3+ reactors include a double containment shell of the reactor hall and a core catcher located under the reactor vessel, physical protection against natural disasters, industrial accidents and other emergencies, passive residual heat removal system enabling sustained heat removal from the reactor core in the absence of any power sources among others.
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