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Second unit of Rooppur plant construction to begin July 14

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to inaugurate the construction of first concrete pouring (FCP) of second unit of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) at the project site in Pabna on July 14.

Science and Technology Ministry Secretary Md Anwar Hossain said with the completion of the construction work of the project, the planned power plant will be ready for power generation.

He said: “Through the inauguration of the second unit, this mega project with 2,400MW power generation capacity will get ultimate form.”

Government high-ups from Bangladesh and Russia, Bangladesh’s partner in the project, will be present at the inauguration ceremony, he added.

On November 30 in 2017, Prime Minister formally launched the construction work of first unit on the plant by pouring concretes at the plant site at Rooppur in Pabna, on the east bank of Padma River.

The Rooppur plant is expected to add 2,400MW of electricity to the national grid by 2024, helping the country to meet an increasing demand for power.

The project is being implemented by the state-owned Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) under the Science and Technology Ministry, with financial, technical and technological support given by Russia through its state nuclear agency, Rosatom.

On November 4, in 2017, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission formally received the design and construction license of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant Unit-1 from Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA), paving the way for the main construction work.

According to the rules, BAEC must receive the second unit design and construction license before molding concrete of under construction unit where basement is placed. 

Regarding this, chairman of BAERA, Professor Naiyyum Choudhury said: “This license would be handed over to the chairman of BAEC in second week of July through a program.”

He added, after handing over this license construction of the second unit will be starting soon and according the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) guideline there are obligations to hand over this license before starting construction work.

Project Director of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant Project Mohammad Shawkat Akbar said: “All conditions have been fulfilled already for getting the second unit design and license. We hope to start our second unit construction very soon by getting this license.”

Bangladesh signed a general contract with Russia on December 25, 2015 for the construction and commissioning of the nuclear power plant in Rooppur.

The project is estimated to cost $12.65 billion, 90% of which will be provided by Russia on credit at the sum interest rate of 1.75% and Libor – London Interbank Offered Rate, the average of interest rates offered by leading banks in London, UK which is the global primary benchmark for short-term interest rates.   

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