The Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) received the design and licence for the construction of second unit of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP).
Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA) chairman Dr Naiyyum Chowdhury formally handed over the licence for the 1,200-megawatt (MW) unit to BAEC chairman Mahbubul Hoq at a function in Dhaka on July 8.
The license confirms the safety of the design for construction as well.
Minister for Science and Technology Yeafesh Osman attended the ceremony at a city hotel as the chief guest.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister said the decision of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to build the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant was a timely and right one.
The project is being implemented under the monitoring of International Atomic Energy Agency (AEA), Russian nuclear regulator and Indian nuclear regulator, said the minister.
"ASE (Atomstroyexport) Engineering Company as the General Contractor performs all obligations related to the construction of the Rooppur NPP. Currently, the construction of the first power unit is under way, and we are taking necessary preparation for pouring of First Concrete into the slab of reactor compartment of power unit No-2”, said Valery Limarenko, Head of the Engineering Division of Rosatom State Corporation.
Construction of Rooppur NPP Unit-1 started in November, 2017. Currently the works on construction of the walls and reinforcement of the reactor building and the foundation slab of the auxiliary reactor building are being performed, while soil stabilization works for the evaporative cooling tower and others have already been commenced.
The Rooppur NPP construction is performed based on the Russia-Bangladesh Inter-governmental agreement on cooperation in the area of NPP construction in the territory of the of Bangladesh, signed on November 2, 2011.
On December 25, 2015 general contract for designing, construction and commissioning of two NPP power units each of 1200 MW capacity and based on VVER-reactors was signed in Dhaka.
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.