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Dhaka, Moscow sign protocol amending Rooppur nuclear power deal

  • Published at 04:57 pm September 18th, 2018
Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant

On the sidelines of the 62nd General Conference of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) being held in Vienna, Dhaka and Moscow signed the protocol on September 17

Bangladesh and Russia have signed a protocol to bring amendments to an agreement signed by both sides on development of the Rooppur nuclear power plant.

On the sidelines of the 62nd General Conference of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) being held in Vienna, Dhaka and Moscow signed the protocol on September 17, reports UNB.

In a statement on Tuesday, Russian state atomic energy agency Rosatom said the protocol was signed to bring some amendments to the intergovernmental agreement signed on November 2, 2010, for partnership in the construction of a nuclear power plant in Bangladesh.

It said Bangladesh can now involve Russia in developing physical protection systems for the nuclear power plant.

Science and Technology Minister Yeafesh Osman, and Rosatom Director General, Alexey Likhachev, signed the protocol on behalf of their respective governments.

The protocol provides for the possibility of involving a specialized Russian company in designing and installing physical protection systems for the main and auxiliary facilities of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.

The protocol also includes a clause saying that all the safety and security measures to ensure physical protection of the nuclear power plant are to be taken in accordance with the requirements and guidelines of the IAEA.

The Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant with two VVER-1200 reactors, each of 1,200 MW capacity, is being constructed by the Atomstroyexport (ASE), Engineering Division of Rosatom under strict monitoring by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA). 

The Rooppur Nuclear Power Project is being constructed according to a Russian design in Pabna’s Ishwardi, 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 reactor selected for the first nuclear power plant in Bangladesh, was successfully set up at Unit No 1 of Novovoronezh NPP-2, said the statement.

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