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.