Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA) on Tuesday issued a site licence to Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant project authority to instigate site preparation task before the main construction work.
The licence issuing ceremony was organised by BAERA at a city hotel. During ceremony, Professor Naiyyum Chowdhury, Chairman of BAERA handed over the licence to Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) Chairman M Ali Zulqarnain.
State-owned Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, under the Science and Technology Ministry, will implement the Rooppur project.
Speaking on the occasion, Naiyyum Chowdhury said, "Giving site licence is not the end of the journey, rather its the end of the beginning only."
Ali Zulqarnain said they will make sure that the works in the project will be conducted on time and in proper manner.
Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, Yeafesh Osman, Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology said that that implementation of the plant will make Bangladesh a proud member of the nuclear world.
"To ensure the full proof security and safety measure of the plant we are not going to take expertise knowledge from the Russia but also from India." Yeafesh said.
Mashiur Rahman, Economic Advisors to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who was also present at the occasion said that the components of the project are unique.
"It`s not like that you go to market and buy components for the implementation of the project. There are only handful of countries which manufacture components for nuclear power plant. Russia is one of them."
Mashiur said that Rooppur nuclear power plant is a very sensitive project. "Highest level of safety regulation measures are taken in every step of the implementation process."
Deputy Chairman of Russian Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority Rostechnadzor, Alexey Ferapontov said that the society trusts the Regulatory Authority of any country to ensure security and safety for them.
Both the regulatory authorities of Bangladesh and Russia understand that. "We work together to ensure the safety of the nuclear power plant in Bangladesh."
"An essential point of our cooperation is that we have been taking all sort of decision regarding the safety of the plant based of scientific data and facts."
Nikolai Spasskiy, Deputy Director General for International Relations of Rosatom said that all the works of Rooppur power plant project is going to be constructed through mainiting the rules and regulations of International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA).
Md Nazibur Rahman, Chairman of National Board of Revenue (NBR) said that NBR plays an important role in the implementation of the project. "We will make sure that all the necessary components for the project will come to Bangladesh without any hassle."
On December 25 last year, Bangladesh and Russia signed a general contract for the construction and commissioning of the project in Pabna at a cost of $12.65 billion.
Bangladesh expects to add 2,400 MW of electricity to the national grid by 2023 from the nuclear plant at Rooppur with Russia’s support.