5th June 2017
EP Report

Work on the preparatory phase of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) is nearing completion and the main construction is expected to begin in the second half of the current year, according to a release issued recently.

A high-powered Russian delegation visited Bangladesh recently to discuss the main construction phase of the Rooppur nuke plant.

The delegation headed by Nikolai Spasskiy, deputy director general of Russia's State Atomic Energy Corporation-ROSATOM, came here to discuss the main construction phase, including preparations for the "first concrete" of Rooppur NPP, it said.

They discussed with Science and Technology minister Architect Yeafesh Osman, the prime minister's principal secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury and chief coordinator for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the Prime Minister's Office Abul Kalam Azad.

The first of the two units is expected to go into operation in 2023 with the second one in 2024. The design of the innovative Generation 3+ power unit will be installed at the Rooppur NPP including the most powerful type of VVER-1200 reactor as well as a high-speed turbine specially designed for new-generation NPPs.