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Bangladesh delegation visits nuclear reactor manufacturing facility in Russia
A high power delegation led by Science and Technology Minister Architect Yeafesh Osman is now visiting Russia to oversee the manufacturing process of Reactors and Steam Generators for Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) in Pabna. The delegation visited and inspected Volgodonsk Branch of JSC AEM-technology to become familiar with the manufacturing process of reactors and steam generators for two units of under construction RNPP, according to a message received here today. It said JSC AEM-technology, a company of machine-building division of the State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM is engaged in manufacturing of reactors with all internals equipment and sets of Steam Generators for Rooppur project. Bangladeshi Ambassador to Russia S M Saiful Hoque, senior officials of the ministry and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) accompanied with the delegation. The delegation visited the main workshops, where the Reactor Pressure Vessels and Steam Generators are being manufactured, the release said. It added that they saw the welding process of Reactor Vessel for Unit-1 of RNPP. Russian experts briefed to delegates about equipment manufacturing process with first class safety category. The visiting delegates also observed the cooling process of a Steam Generator at the clean assembly section. Praising skill and professionalism of engineers and workers of the plant Yeafesh Osman said, “I’m convinced that the time allocated for implementation of RNPP is being utilized most effectively, and there is no issue with the quality of work. We are absolutely sure that Bangladesh will have a perfect and high quality nuclear power plant”. The RNPP is designed and being constructed by ROSATOM. The plant will host two units with generation 3 plus VVER-1200 reactors, and will have a life cycle of 60 years with a provision of extending by another 20 years. Each unit will have an electricity generation capacity of 1200 MW. First unit is expected to be commissioned in 2023 and the second in 2024.  
Nuclear fuel supply deal likely with Russia in Sept
July 30, 2019 Tuesday 11:38 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh is likely to sign a nuclear fuel supply agreement with Russia in September next for Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) project. According to sources at the Ministry of Science and Technology, a proposed agreement has already been sent to the Law Ministry for its vetting after it was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase. "Once the proposed agreement received the vetting, the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) will proceed with a plan to have it signed with a Russian uranium supply company in September next," said an official of Science and Technology Ministry. The BAEC has been implementing the nuclear power project as a government entity. The Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase on June 19 approved the proposal on the nuclear fuel supply for the RNPP. According to the Inter-governmental Agreement (IGA) signed with Russian Federation in November 2011, Bangladesh will have to purchase nuclear fuel from the Russian company for the entire lifetime of the power plant.  
Category: Nuclear
Installation of core catcher at unit 2 of Rooppur NPP begins
April 29, 2019 Monday 7:05 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Atomstroyexport, Engineering Division of ROSATOM and the General Contractor Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant has started installation of Core Melt Localization Device (Core Catcher), one of the main elements of the passive safety system at Unit-2 of the project. Installation works began on April 25, 2019, one month ahead of the schedule, said a press release. “This is one of the main elements of a passive safety system and the first large-sized equipment being installed in Unit 2 building. Due to coordinated efforts of our engineers it has become possible to begin the installation works earlier. It is worthy to mention here that construction of both units of Rooppur NPP is progressing as per schedule,” said Sergey Lastochkin, Vice-President and Director of Rooppur NPP Project. Installation of Core Catcher at Unit-1 began earlier on August 18, 2018. Core catcher is a unique device, designed by Russian specialists. The device with cone-shaped body is installed at the bottom of the reactor core barrel and filled with a special material. If necessity arises, the Core Catcher shall collect the core melt materials and ensure their uniform distribution in the core catcher body. Operations of the Core Catcher like other passive safety systems do not depend on any person or his skill or circumstances. It follows only the fundamental natural law. Core Catcher for Rooppur NPP is designed considering the site condition and safety requirements. For having improved hydro-dynamic and shock strength properties, it is more seismic resistant. It is also equipped with flood protection features and possesses simplified installation and assembly technology. Rooppur NPP is being constructed with the technical and financial assistance from Russia. It will have two units each of 1200MW capacity. World’s latest 3+ Generation VVER 1200 reactors have been chosen for the plant, which completely fulfill the safety requirements set by IAEA.
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Bangladesh-Russia JCC reviews progress of Rooppur Nuclear Power plant construction
March 9, 2019 Saturday 5:59 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The 4th meeting of the Joint Coordinating Committee (JСС) of the Russia and Bangladesh on construction of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant held at city hotel in Dhaka on March 6, 2019. The main topic of discussion was the present status of construction of Rooppur NPP and further actions to be required for completion of the project. Both the sides expressed their satisfaction over the progress of construction work of Rooppur NPP, said a press release. The Russian delegation was headed by Alexander Loshkin, First Deputy Director General for operational management of the Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation and the President of ASE Group of Companies, General Contractor of Rooppur NPP. Architect Yeafesh Osman, Minister for Science and Technology led the Bangladesh side in the meeting. Issues related to man power training, delivery of equipment and others were also discussed in the meeting. Decisions of the JСС meeting were documented in the final Protocol, approved at the meeting. The construction of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) is being implemented under an intergovernmental agreement signed between Russia and Bangladesh on November 2nd, 2011. On December 25, 2015, Atomstroyexport (ROSATOM’s subsidiary) was appointed as the General Contractor for construction Rooppur NPP with two VVER 1200 power units, each with a capacity of 1200 MW.  In 2015-2016, preparatory works were carried out at the construction site, working documentation was developed and documents for licensing for construction were prepared. In 2017, the implementation of the Rooppur NPP construction project continued in accordance with the schedule. On November 4, 2017, the regulatory authority of Bangladesh (BAERA) issued required license for the design and construction of the plant. On November 30, 2017, “First Concrete” ceremony was held for Unit 1 of the Rooppur NPP and on July 14, 2018, the Unit 2 also went in to active phase of the construction following the “First Concrete”. On August 18, 2018, installation of “Core Catcher”, one of the most important passive safety systems began at Unit 1. Installation of “Core Catcher” for the Unit 2 began in February 2019. Currently, construction of main buildings and structures of both the power units is underway. The innovative Generation 3+ power units, which will be installed at 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 the safety requirements strictly set by the IAEA.    
Category: Nuclear
Deal signed to import uranium for nuke plant
February 1, 2019 Friday 11:15 AM By BSS
The government on Thursday signed a primary deal to import uranium for the much awaited Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant aimed at generating 2,200 MW power. “Initiatives to bring uranium from Russia for using it for nuclear power plant at Rooppur would be completed in time,” Science and Technology Minister Architect Yeafes Osman said this, witnessing the deal signing ceremony at his ministry conference room. Member (Planning and Development) of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission Dr Imtiaz Kamal and Overseas vice president of ROSATOM Nikita Mazein signed the primary agreement on behalf of their respective sides. During the contract signing ceremony secretary of the ministry M Anwar Hossain, Bangladesh Ambassador to Russia Dr SM Saiful Haque and high officials of Russian Federation were present.
Category: Nuclear
Short course on nuclear power technology at BUET by Russian professors
November 17, 2018 Saturday 4:50 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Institute of Nuclear Power Engineering (INPE) of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in association with National Research Nuclear University MEPhI of Russia organised a workshop on Nuclear Technology from November 5 to 9 at INPE Auditorium. Seventy student from different faculties of BUET took part in the intensive workshop covering topics like machinery and equipment of VVER-1000 and VVER 1200 based nuclear power plants, nuclear fuel cycle and thermohydraulic profiling of nuclear reactor cores. Three Professors from MEPhI - Dr. Dmitrii Samokhin, Dr. V Fedoseev and Dr. Olga Momot were the mentors in the workshop. On the concluding day on November 9, certificates were awarded among the participants, said a press release. Dr. Shaikh Anowarul Fattah, Director of INPE- BUET, Dr. M A Rashid Sarkar, Former Diector of INPE-BUET, A P Demin, Director of Russian Centre of Acience and Culture in Dhaka, Mikhail S. Bronnikov, and ROSATOM (Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation) Representative in Bangladesh were present on the occasion. “I found the participants to be very enthusiastic. I believe that they are capable enough to take the challenge of implementing Bangladesh’s nuclear power programme in future.” said Dr. Dmitrii Samokhin, Head, Department of Nuclear Physics and Engineering, MEPhI. “We look forward to organise similar courses for Bangladeshi students in the days to come.” Bangladesh is implementing its first ever nuclear power plant at Rooppur of Pabna the technological and financial assistance from Russia, which is considered to be the global leader in construction of nuclear power plants. The power project will have two units each of 1,200 MW capacity. Latest 3+ Generation VVER- 1200 reactors to be set up there which completely meet up the safety requirements set by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Moreover, under an inter-governmental agreement Russia is assisting Bangladesh in training its manpower for the Rooppur Nuclear Power Project. Over hundred students from Bangladesh presently are studying nuclear science in Russian universities. Rosatom is also providing theoretical and practical courses for Rooppur project employees.        
Category: Nuclear
Russian bloggers visit Rooppur nuclear power plant
September 29, 2018 Saturday 5:53 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Russian bloggers as part of their eight-day tour to Bangladesh visited the under construction Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant at Ishwardi of Pabna on Thursday. To project Bangladesh, its tourism potentials in Russia and to impart a new dimension in bilateral relations their Bloggers’ trip is organised by ASE Group of Companies, an engineering division of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom, responsible for the construction of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, said a press release. The Bloggers were warmly welcomed by the Russian and Bangladeshi staff working there. They were taken around different facilities of units 1 and 2 of and briefed on future implementation plan of the project. “The visit by the top Russian Bloggers is a testament of our commitment to friendly Bangladesh. We are happy to somehow be a part of country’s rapid socio-economic development,” said Alexander Khazin, Senior Vice President for International Project of ASE Group of Companies. “While Bangladesh aims to become a developed country by 2041, demand for green and clean energy is estimated to rise manifold. I firmly believe that Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant will play a significant role in meeting that demand.” The bloggers group includes Oleg Cricket (Instagram: @olegcricket), Dmitry Lazykin (Instagram: @dimalazykin), Irina Goldman (Instagram: @veryire) and Nikita Teterev (Instagram: @nikita_teterev) together they have more than 16 lakh followers on the Instagram. The bloggers are traveling around various tourist attractions and getting acquainted with the people and their traditional lifestyle, culture and sharing their first-hand experience in their respective blogs.  After visiting the Rooppur project site, Oleg Cricket, one of the most popular Russian Bloggers with nearly one million followers on Instagram said. “Work is booming at the site and the working atmosphere is just fantastic. It is amazing to see how the Russian and Bangladeshi are working hand to hand in constructing the Bangladesh’s first ever Nuclear Power Plant.” “As elsewhere this nuclear power plant will boost local socio-economic development, without harming the wonderful nature of the Pabna district.” “I am thoroughly enjoying my trip to Bangladesh. The country has so many things to offer to Russian tourists, with its unexplored natural beauty. unique culture and lifestyle.” said Irina Goldman, former Editor of the famous magazine- Cosmopolitan who is traveling with her pet dog Space. “In my eyes Rooppur project is a bright symbol of friendly co-operation between our countries. I am really happy to be able to visit the project site.” The Bloggers have already visited Dhaka,Tangail, Mahasthangarh, Pabna and at the moment they are in Khulna. Further program includes visit of Bagerhat, Sundarbans, Chattogram, Bandarban, among  other places. Rooppur Nuclear Power project will have two units each of 1,200 MW capacity. The plant will be equipped with the generation 3+ Russian VVER reactors, that fully meet the IAEA`s latest safety requirements. The project is being implemented by ASE Group of Companies as the General Contractor under supervision of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).    
Category: Nuclear
Dhaka, Moscow sign protocol amending Rooppur nuclear power deal
September 18, 2018 Tuesday 10:38 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Dhaka and Moscow have signed a protocol to bring amendments to an agreement signed by both sides on development of Rooppur nuclear power plant. On sideline of the 62nd General Conference of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) being held in Vienna Bangladesh and Russia signed the protocol on September 17. In a statement on Tuesday, Russian state atomic energy agency Rosatom said the protocol was signed to bring in some amendments in the intergovernmental agreement signed on November 2, 2010 on partnership in construction of a nuclear power plant in Bangladesh. It also said Bangladesh can now involve Russia in developing physical protection systems for Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant. Architect Yeafesh Osman, Minister for Science and Technology, Government of Bangladesh and Alexey Likhachev, Director General of Rosatom signed the Protocol on behalf of their respective governments. The protocol provides for the possibility of involving a specialized Russian company in designing and installation of physical protection system for the main and auxiliary facilities of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant. The Protocol also includes the clause saying that all the safety and security measures to ensure physical protection of the nuclear power plant to be taken in accordance with the requirements and guidelines of IAEA. Rooppur NPP with two VVER-1200 reactors, each of 1,200 MW capacity is being constructed by Atomstroyexport (ASE), Engineering Division of Rosatom under strict monitoring by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA).    Rooppur Nuclear Power Project (RNPP) with two VVER-1200 reactors, each of 1,200 MW capacity is being constructed according to Russian design, at Ishwardi of Pabna district, 160 km from Dhaka. In accordance with the General Contract signed on December 25, 2015 Atomstroyexport (Engineering Division of Rosatom) is implementing the project as the General Contractor. The Russian VVER-1200 reactors that is selected for the first NPP in Bangladesh, was successfully set up at Unit No 1 of Novovoronezh NPP-2, said the statement.
Category: Nuclear
Rooppur NPP pavilion at ICCB creates huge interest among the visitors
September 8, 2018 Saturday 7:07 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
To create awareness about the modern nuclear power technology, safety and eco-friendliness of nuclear energy, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) set up a pavilion at a fair organised at the International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in connection with the Power and Energy fair-2018.  Over 2000 people visited the pavilion during the three day fair which ends on Saturday. The eye-catching design of the Rooppur nuclear power plant (RNPP) pavilion was inspired by the design of the cooling towers to be built at the Bangladesh’s first ever nuclear power plant at Rooppur of Ishwardi. Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and Russia’s Rosatom State Corporation jointly organised various educational and entertainment program for the visitors including demonstration of documentary film, video games, quiz competition among others. Different leaflets and booklets in Bangla on nuclear power were distributed among the visitors while the BAEC and Rosatom staffs answered to their various inquires related to nuclear energy. Rooppur nuclear power plant at Ishwardi of Pabna district is being set up with the technological and financial assistance from Russia, which is considered to be the global leader in construction of nuclear power plants. The power project will have two units each of 1,200 MW capacity. Latest 3+ Generation VVER- 1200 reactors to be set up there which completely meet up the safety requirements set by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
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Rosatom starts training for Rooppur NPP staff in Russia
August 20, 2018 Monday 12:04 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Four and a half months training course on “Major Construction Works Management” intended for the Rooppur nuclear power plant staff began at Rosatom Technical Academy in the Russian city Obninsk last week. By the end of the current year Rusatom Service, the ‘Electrical Power’ division of The Rosatom State Corporation will train three more groups and the number of total trained specialists from Rooppur project will exceed 1400 persons, said a press release. “Skilled manpower is the main asset of any industry. One of the objectives of our company is to train and develop personnel in the field of nuclear energy. We have unique expertise and offer a full range of services for specialized and advanced training as well as internship opportunity at the enterprises of the State Corporation Rosatom”, said Evgeny Salkov, Director General of Rusatom Service. “We are positive that the knowledge and skills acquired by the Bangladeshi specialists will ensure efficient, reliable and safe operation of the Rooppur plant.” The present course includes both theoretical and practical program. Upon completion of the theoretical part the students will gain necessary knowledge in administrative and construction matters, specially on e acceptance of equipments and its mounting. Practical part includes on-site training at the Novovoronezh NPP, which is one of the oldest nuclear power supplier plants in Russia. Specialists from Bushehr NPP (Iran), Paks NPP (Hungary), Hanhikivi-1 NPP (Finland) have already passed training with certification in the Rosatom Technical Academy. Rusatom Service provides full range of services and supplies required materials for maintenance and repair for the foreign nuclear power plants those operate VVER-type reactors. The company holds leading positions in the markets of China, Iran, Bulgaria and Armenia and acts as a general contractor of works for lifetime extension, implementation of scheduled preventive maintenance and upgrading the equipment at VVER nuclear power plants. Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant is being implemented Rostaom State Corporation of Russia. Each construction stage of the plant is closely being monitored both by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA).    
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Installation of the ‘corecatcher’ begins at Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant
August 18, 2018 Saturday 4:59 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Installation of corecatcher the device for catching molten core (active part of the reactor that contains nuclear fuel) material has commenced at unit no-1 of Rooppur nuclear power plant. “It is an important element in the passive safety system of a most modern nuclear reactor,” Said Rooppur nuclear power plant project director nuclear scientist Dr. Md Shawkat Akbar. Science and Technology Minister Architect Yeafesh Osman, Science and Technology Secretary Md Anwar Hossain, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA) chairman Dr Naiyyum Chowdhury, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) chairman Mahbubul Hoq, Project Director of Rooppur NPP Md Shawkat Akbar, Senior Vice-President for Overseas Projects of Atomstroyexport (ASE) Alexander Khazin and other senior officials attended the ceremony, held at the Rooppur NPP site on Saturday. “This is a unique safety system of the NPP and for the first time such a large-size equipment of approximately 200 tonnes is being installed in the reactor building,” said Alexander Khazin. “All works for construction of power unit No-1 are progressing according to the schedule. Currently about five thousand tonnes of cement are being used daily at the construction site, about four thousand people are involved in construction activities,” he said. The corecatcher, one of the elements of the passive safety system was first installed at Tianwan NPP in China, which was built under the Russian design. VVER-1200 reactors of generation 3+ to be set up at Rooppur NPP will have a unique combination of active and passive safety systems that ensure maximum stability against external and internal factors. Rooppur NPP with two VVER-1200 reactors and the total capacity of 2,400 MW is being constructed under the Russian design, in accordance with general contract, signed on 25 December 2015. Atomstroyexport, the Engineering Division of Rosatom State Corporation is implementing the project as the general contractor. First concrete pouring ceremony for power unit No-1 took place on 30 November, 2017, marking the beginning of main construction phase. The first concrete pouring ceremony of the unit-2 was held on July 14 of the current year. Each stage of Rooppur NPP construction is stringently being monitored by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA).
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Nuclear plant being implemented with full security measures: PM
July 15, 2018 Sunday 4:33 PM By BSS
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.
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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.   
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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).  
Category: Nuclear
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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