Petrobangla signs MoU with Dhaka University’s Geology department
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between department of Geology, University of Dhaka and Petrobangla and its subsidiary companies for institutional collaboration in the field of academic, training and research was signed on 13 March, 2019 at Petrobangla`s Board Room at Kawranbazar in the city. Chairman of Petrobangla Md Ruhul Amin presided over the ceremony while Secretary of Energy and Mineral Resources Division Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem was present as chief guest, said a press release. It was attended by Chairman of department of Geology, University of Dhaka professor Dr Kazi Matin Uddin Ahmed, supernumerary professor Dr Badrul Imam, professor Dr Anwar Hossain Bhuiyan, high officials of Energy and Mineral Resources Division and directors along with high officials of Petrobangla were also present at the ceremony. Secretary of Petrobangla Syed Ashfaquzzaman and Chairman of department of Geology, University of Dhaka professor Dr Kazi Matin Uddin Ahmed signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organizations.
Bangladesh-Russia JCC reviews progress of Rooppur Nuclear Power plant construction
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.