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Nuclear plant being implemented with full security measures: PM
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant is being constructed with taking full security measures, adding the design of the plant has been developed in such a way that it will not succumb to any accident–natural or man-made. Highest measures are being undertaken to avoid any sort of risk for the people, she said, adding that Russian Federation will take back spent nuclear fuel of the plant and a deal has been signed in this regard. The prime minister said this while addressing a gathering on the occasion of the First Concrete Pouring Ceremony of the Second Unit of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant here. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina hoped that the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant would play an important role in the journey to turn Bangladesh into a middle income country. She said electricity is a key element for socio-economic development and adequate and reliable supply of electricity is an important prerequisite for attracting both domestic and foreign investment. The government has taken steps to reach electricity to all citizens and various productive sectors as electricity is in the priority list of the demand of the people. Deputy Prime Minister of Russian Federation Yury Ivanovich Borisov attended the function as the special guest with Minister for Science and Technology Yafes Osman in the chair. First Director General of Rosatam Laxin Alexander, Director of International Atomic Energy Agency Dohee Hohn spoke, among others, on the occasion while Secretary of Ministry of Science and Technology Md. Anwar Hossain gave welcome address with an overview of the power plant. Cabinet members, PM’s advisors, officials of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority, senior atomic energy officials of India, Chiefs of three services and senior civil and military officials were present. Sheikh Hasina conveyed her gratitude to the Russian government and its people for extending their support to the project. With the first concrete pouring of the second unit, Sheikh Hasina hoped that construction of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant will be completed within the stipulated time and Bangladesh would become 33rd country of atomic energy club.  First Concrete of the First Unit of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant was poured on November 30, 2017 and in last seven months, the work of the first unit made a good progress. Sheikh Hasina said in order to have a sustainable power supply, her government, in the energy policy, has laid importance on alternative sources of energy like solar power, nuclear power, wind energy, etc. alongside fossil fuels. As part of a master plan of the electricity producing, the government hastaken decision for commissioning the Rooppur Nuclear Power plant with total capacity of producing 2,400 megawatts of electricity by 2023-2024. Terming the construction of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant a long-cherished dream of the nation, the prime minister said, the seed of the dream was sowed in 1961 when some physical works, including land acquisition, were completed. But the Pakistan government abruptly stopped the work and shifted the plant to West Pakistan showing step-motherly attitude to the East, she said. The premier said the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant was a dream project of Bangabandhu. After independence, he took an initiative to construct nuclear plant and started work. But the entire project was abandoned after his brutal assassination in 1975. Sheikh Hasina said no government for long 21 years had taken any initiative for the project. The Awami League government, after coming to power in 1996, worked out a time-bound plan with International Atomic Energy Commission-IAEA. But before completion of the entire process, the tenure of that government was expired. After coming to power in 2001, the BNP-Jamaat government stopped implementation of many people-oriented programs, including the Rooppur power plant project, she said. Sheikh Hasina said after assuming office in 2009, her government had revived the project and came to an agreement with Russian Federation for implementation of the project. “As a trusted friend, Russia not only extended material and moral support to our liberation war in 1971, but also took part in rebuilding war-ravaged Bangladesh after its independence,” the prime minister recalled. Now country’s total capacity of electricity production rose to 18,353 MW and 90 percent people is under electricity coverage. Over 4.5 million solar home systems have been set up in the areas where transmission line is difficult to be reached, she said. About the concern of a section of the people over safety of the nuclear power plant, the prime minister said safety of nuclear power plant is indeed crucial and we are very much aware of it. “We are strictly following the IAEA safety standards and other relevant guidelines as well as international good practices in building the Rooppur power plant,” she said, adding that the Rooppur plant is being constructed with G3+ Russian reactor which contains the latest technologies for safety measures and radiation control system. Sheikh Hasina said the government has enacted the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Act- 2012 to strengthen national nuclear regulatory infrastructure to ensure safe and secure applications of nuclear techniques. An independent nuclear regulatory authority – Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA) has been formed and bilateral relationship with nuclear regulatory bodies of the Russian Federation and India as well as IAEA has been established for the capacity building of the regulatory authority. The President of Russian Federation has assured me of the safety issue. The construction firm Atomstroyexport has been constructing the plant maintaining international standards and ensuring all safety issues, she said. The prime minister said the government has taken initiative for creating necessary manpower for safe operation of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant. Recruitment of personnel and staff and their training in India and the Russian Federation have already been started, she said. “Not only for Rooppur Power Plant, we are also preparing skilled manpower for maintenance of our Satellite Bangabandhu-1, “Sheikh Hasina said. “We have no dearth of talented youths. If proper training is given, our youths would be able to operate these high-tech machineries,” the premier added.
BD Rail to link Ishwardy with Rooppur nuke plant
July 10, 2018 Tuesday 8:54 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh Railway on Tuesday signed an agreement with an Indo-Bangla joint venture company to build a dual-gauge railway line between Pabna’s Ishwardi and Rooppur power plant, the country`s first nuclear plant. The 26.5 kilometre dual gague line including 4.50 km loop-line will carry goods and machineries to the plant. The project will be implemented at the cost of Tk 297.55 crore within next 18 months. The project also include construction of a railway station, 13 level crossings and seven box culverts along with purchase and establishment of a computer-based color light signaling system. According to the contract, the project will be completed within 18 months. Mojibur Rahman, general manager (West) of Bangladesh Railway, signed the deal on behalf of Bangladesh Railway at Rail Bhaban in the capital in presence of Railways Minister Mujibul Haque. Suvash Chandra Hawlader, managing director of Standard Engineers Ltd, signed on behalf of Indo-Bangla joint venture company – Standard Engineers Ltd – Castle Construction Ltd of Bangladesh, and GTP Infra Projects Ltd of India. Railways minister Md Mazibul Hoque chaired the signing ceremony. Railways Minister Muzibul Hoque was present as the chief guest while Railways Secretary Mofazzel Hossain presided over the programme.
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Second unit of Rooppur NPP gets construction licence
July 10, 2018 Tuesday 6:37 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) received the design and licence for the construction of second unit of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP). Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA) chairman Dr Naiyyum Chowdhury formally handed over the licence for the 1,200-megawatt (MW) unit to BAEC chairman Mahbubul Hoq at a function in Dhaka on July 8. The license confirms the safety of the design for construction as well. Minister for Science and Technology Yeafesh Osman attended the ceremony at a city hotel as the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, the minister said the decision of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to build the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant was a timely and right one. The project is being implemented under the monitoring of International Atomic Energy Agency (AEA), Russian nuclear regulator and Indian nuclear regulator, said the minister. "ASE (Atomstroyexport) Engineering Company as the General Contractor performs all obligations related to the construction of the Rooppur NPP. Currently, the construction of the first power unit is under way, and we are taking necessary preparation for pouring of  First Concrete into the slab of  reactor compartment of power unit No-2”,  said Valery Limarenko, Head of the Engineering Division of Rosatom State Corporation. Construction of Rooppur NPP Unit-1 started in November, 2017. Currently the works on construction of the walls and reinforcement of the reactor building and the foundation slab of the auxiliary reactor building are being performed, while soil stabilization works for the evaporative cooling tower and others   have already been commenced.  The Rooppur NPP construction is performed based on the Russia-Bangladesh Inter-governmental  agreement on cooperation in the area of NPP construction in the territory of the  of Bangladesh, signed on November 2, 2011. On December 25, 2015 general contract for designing, construction and commissioning of two NPP power units each of 1200 MW capacity and based on VVER-reactors was signed in Dhaka. The project is being implemented by the state-owned Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) under the Science and Technology Ministry, with financial, technical and technological support given by Russia through its state nuclear agency, Rosatom.  
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Second unit of Rooppur plant construction to begin July 14
July 1, 2018 Sunday 7:36 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to inaugurate the construction of first concrete pouring (FCP) of second unit of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) at the project site in Pabna on July 14. Science and Technology Ministry Secretary Md Anwar Hossain said with the completion of the construction work of the project, the planned power plant will be ready for power generation. He said: “Through the inauguration of the second unit, this mega project with 2,400MW power generation capacity will get ultimate form.” Government high-ups from Bangladesh and Russia, Bangladesh’s partner in the project, will be present at the inauguration ceremony, he added. On November 30 in 2017, Prime Minister formally launched the construction work of first unit on the plant by pouring concretes at the plant site at Rooppur in Pabna, on the east bank of Padma River. The Rooppur plant is expected to add 2,400MW of electricity to the national grid by 2024, helping the country to meet an increasing demand for power. The project is being implemented by the state-owned Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) under the Science and Technology Ministry, with financial, technical and technological support given by Russia through its state nuclear agency, Rosatom. On November 4, in 2017, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission formally received the design and construction license of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant Unit-1 from Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA), paving the way for the main construction work. According to the rules, BAEC must receive the second unit design and construction license before molding concrete of under construction unit where basement is placed.  Regarding this, chairman of BAERA, Professor Naiyyum Choudhury said: “This license would be handed over to the chairman of BAEC in second week of July through a program.” He added, after handing over this license construction of the second unit will be starting soon and according the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) guideline there are obligations to hand over this license before starting construction work. Project Director of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant Project Mohammad Shawkat Akbar said: “All conditions have been fulfilled already for getting the second unit design and license. We hope to start our second unit construction very soon by getting this license.” Bangladesh signed a general contract with Russia on December 25, 2015 for the construction and commissioning of the nuclear power plant in Rooppur. The project is estimated to cost $12.65 billion, 90% of which will be provided by Russia on credit at the sum interest rate of 1.75% and Libor – London Interbank Offered Rate, the average of interest rates offered by leading banks in London, UK which is the global primary benchmark for short-term interest rates.   
Category: Nuclear
MAX Group signs a contract with Atomstroyexport for Rooppur project
June 9, 2018 Saturday 5:47 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
In a move to complete the first ever nuclear power plant construction project of Bangladesh, the main Russian contractor JSC Atomstroyexport signed a contract with local company MAX Infrastructure Ltd (concern of MAX Group) to construct the lot- 600 of Rooppur NPP, Unit 1. This contract includes the critical civil and erection works of main Turbine Hall building. After signing, the contract was exchanged between Engr  Ghulam Mohammed Alomgir, Chairman of MAX GROUP and Lastochkin Sergey Gennadievich, First Deputy Director of RNPP Directorate, Atomstroyexport at a local hotel in Dhaka recently where CEO of Hindustan Construction Company, Amit Uplenchwar and CEO of MAX GROUP, Sunil Jain were also present, said a press release. MAX Infrastructure Ltd (MAX), Bangladesh and a big reputed company, Hindustan Construction Company (HCC), India, joint Venture (JV) has been awarded this contract for the lot- 600. MAX is the lead partner having 60% share in the JV and HCC is the 40% shareholder. The project is expected to be completed by 2022 and declared as a fast track project of Bangladesh by present government. The NPP will be built with Russian technology and is equipped with two VVER reactors of 1,200 MW each. MAX is one of the most reputed EPC contractor of Bangladesh with a brilliant track record of infrastructural development in various sectors for the last 25 years. MAX GROUP has employed more than 400 graduate engineers and owns more than 600 construction equipment in various projects. Previously, MAX has been awarded for two other lots of this Rooppur NPP which includes the shore protection of Padma river and construction of the common facilities of the construction base of second stage. MAX is also constructing the Single Line Dual Gauge Railway Track from Dohazari to Cox’s Bazar via Ramu under the railways ministry worth value US$ 450 million which is another fast track project of the present government of Bangladesh. When contacted for comment, Engr Alomgir said owning and operating a nuclear power plant in the country will be a proud achievement for Bangladesh and working in critical constructions of such a nuclear plant is a proud achievement for MAX GROUP as a local company. He hopes to deliver the project in time with full satisfaction to Russian main contractor ASE and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC).  
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PM opens Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant construction work
November 30, 2017 Thursday 2:40 PM By BSS
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the main construction work of the much-awaited Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, the maiden nuclear plant of the country. She formally launched the main construction work of the plant by pouring concrete at the plant site at Rooppur in Ishwardi of northern Pabna district on Thursday. Science and Technology Minister Architect Yeafesh Osman, PM`s Economic Affairs Adviser Dr Moshiur Rahman, Energy Adviser Dr Towfique-e-Elahi Chowdhury, Security Adviser Major General (retd) Tariq Ahmed Siddiq, Chief of Army Staff General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq, PM`s Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Science and Technology Secretary Md Anwar Hossain, Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim, Russian Ambassador to Bangladesh Alexander Ignatov, Russia`s state-run atomic energy body Rosatom`s Director General Alexey Likhachev, and project director of the plant Dr. Mohammad Shawkat Akbar and senior officials of Bangladesh and Russia were present on the occasion. The Rooppur plant is expected to add 2,400MW of electricity to the national grid by 2024, helping the country to meet an increasing demand for electricity. The mega project is being implemented by the state-run Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) under the Science and Technology Ministry, with financial, technical and technological support by Russia through its state nuclear agency, Rosatom. The Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) and Russian company, JSC Atomstroyexport, signed a general contract for construction of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) on December 25 in 2015. BAEC Chairman Md Monirul Islam and Vice President of Atomstroyexport Vladimir N Savuskhin signed the contract on behalf of their respective organisations. Atomostroyexport, the contractor appointed by Russia`s state-owned atomic power body , Rosatom, will construct the RNPP at a cost of $12.65 billion, out of which, $10.1 billion has been fixed as base price, $1 billion for soil stabilisation and further cost, and the remaining $1.65 billion for price escalation. On December 15 in 2015, the government finalised the amount for the biggest-ever investment project in the country`s history by inking an initial agreement with Russia. Earlier in January 2013, an inter-governmental agreement was signed for the provision of a $500 million Russian loan to finance engineering design, site development and personnel training. On November 2, 2011, Bangladesh signed a deal with Russia`s state-owned nuclear giant Rosatom to construct the nuclear plant. Russia will provide all assistance under the agreement for setting up the plant, including providing the fuel and taking back the used fuel. A total of 262 acres of land have been acquired to set up two units of the plant with a capacity of 2,400-MW. On October 2, 2013, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation stone of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant at Ishwardi in Pabna.
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Local school children celebrate Rooppur nuclear power plant’s ‘First Concrete’ with Flash Mob
November 28, 2017 Tuesday 9:52 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
As the ceremony of first concrete pouring into the reactor building foundation of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in going to take place on November, 30, children from Rooppur High School organised a Flash Mob “I LOVE ROOPPUR” to raise awareness among the local people about the project, said a press release. More than 300 children wearing T-shirts and caps of Bangladesh’s flag color - green and red formed a live figure ‘I LOVE ROOPPUR’. The first concrete ceremony will mark the beginning of construction of Bangladesh’s first nuclear power plant at Rooppur and will witness the participation of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the Director General of Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation Alexey Likhachev among others. The construction of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) is implemented under an intergovernmental agreement signed between Russia and Bangladesh in November, 2011. In December, 2015, ASE Group of Companies, an engineering division of ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation, signed a contract to construct Rooppur NPP consisting of two VVER-1200 units with a capacity of 1200 MW each. VVER-1200 is a flagship nuclear reactor and a core product of Russia’s ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation. The construction site is located 160 km from Dhaka on the east bank of the Padma river. The units-1 and 2 are expected to go into operation in 2023 and 2024 respectively.    
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Rooppur Power Plant gets design and construction license
November 4, 2017 Saturday 10:41 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) on Saturday formally received the design and construction license for its 2,400 MW Rooppur nuclear power plant unit 1 from Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA). BAERA Chairman Dr Naiyyum Chowdhury formally handed over the license to the chairman of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) Dr Dilip Kumar Saha for RNPP project at a function at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka. Addressing the function as chief guest, Science and Technology Minister Architect Yeafesh Osman said through this license, Bangladesh has entered the global nuclear club. He said through receiving the license Bangladesh has become a nuclear nation. In the function, Science and Technology Secretary Md Anwar Hossain informed that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to inaugurate the construction work of the final phase of the RNPP project on November 30, this year. The final phase work includes the civil construction for setting up the nuclear reactor. He said that this has been a confidence building project of the nation. "From tomorrow (Sunday), we will start the final phase of the project. We are pursuing the best process of safety," he said. He seeks blessing and cooperation of the people for its smooth implementation. "After liberation, it has been the biggest task for the nation", he added. He said the government has successfully reached a certain point in way to the construction of RNPP project. "We are going through a transparent process and this is our main strength," he said. He said it is not nearly a power generation project; rather it is a symbol of an inner power of a nation. BEARA Chairman Dr Naiyyum Chowdhury said whenever the regulatory commission finds any shortcomings in the construction work, we will ask for correction. He said nuclear regulation is must for success of a nuclear power project. In this case, the BEARA will never compromise with safety issues in the RNPP. Project Director of the RNPP Dr Md Shawkat Akbar said this is the great opportunity for Bangladesh to become a nuclear member. The dream project is on the way and Bangladesh will reach new height after implementing the project." The function, with BAERA Chairman Dr Naiyyum Chowdhury in the chair, was also addressed by Prime Minister`s Economic Affairs Advisor Dr Mashiur Rahman, Parliamentary Standing Committee Chairman of Science and Technology Ministry Dr AFM Ruhul Haque, PM`s SDG chief coordinator Abul Kalam Azad Science and Technology Secretary Md Anwar Hossain, Deputy Chairman of ROSTECHNAZOR Alexey Ferapontov and BAERA Director Satyajit Ghose.
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India collaborating with Russia for nuclear power plant in Bangladesh
September 22, 2017 Friday 12:37 PM By The Economic Times
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.
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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).  
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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.
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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." 
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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. 
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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.
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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. 
Category: Nuclear
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.
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