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PM Hasina to inaugurate installation work of RNPP reactor vessel Sunday

  • Published at 09:39 pm October 9th, 2021
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presides over the Parliamentary Board meeting of Awami League at her official residence Ganabhaban in Dhaka on Saturday, October 9, 2021 PID

'Development of the nuclear power industry will not only resolve the problem of energy supply in Bangladesh but will also contribute to the development of the region'

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will virtually inaugurate the reactor pressure vessel installation work in the first reactor building of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) on Sunday.

The ceremony will be held through video conferencing from the prime minister’s official residence Ganabhaban at 10am.

"With this, the country's dream to produce nuclear energy is going to be materialized," an official familiar with the process told BSS.

The main unit of the nuclear power plant at Rooppur in Pabna will be installed in the first unit of the reactor pressure vessel or nuclear reactor.

"Rooppur NPP has accumulated the best Russian practice and dozens of years of experience and scientific thoughts. The unique combination of active and passive systems of the power units will ensure safe operation of the power plant and guarantee the planned level of electricity generation", said Alexey Likhachev, director-general of Rosatom.

He also said: "Development of the nuclear power industry will not only resolve the problem of energy supply in Bangladesh but will also contribute to the development of the region and enhance the living standards of the people."

"Cooperation between Russia and Bangladesh is of strategic character. I am confident that many other projects both in the field of power engineering and other areas are yet to be implemented by Russian and Bangladeshi specialists together," Likhachev added.

Before installing the nuclear reactor, Science and Technology Minister Architect Yeafesh Osman said it is the most important chapter in the construction of the nuclear power plant and with this, the project is moving forward on time.

The nuclear power plant that consists of two units with a capacity of 1,200MW each is the country's maiden power project of its kind, he added.

Project Director and nuclear scientist Dr Md Shaukat Akbar said that work is going on in Rooppur following strict hygiene rules for Covid-19.

He further said the installation of almost all types of nuclear equipment will be completed by installing reactor pressure vessels inside the physical structure of Unit-1. “As a result, the work inside the reactor building of this unit will be nearly completed.”

The Rooppur project is being implemented by the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, which is being constructed with the technical and financial support of Russia.