29th August 2017

DHAKA, August 29, 2017 (BSS) - Bangladesh is set to ink tomorrow a crucial deal with Russia on returning the hazardous nuclear wastes to be emerged as spent fuels of the proposed Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP).


"Science and Technology Minister Yeafes Osman is now in Russian capital heading a three-member delegation as the deal is ready to be signed tomorrow," spokesman of the ministry Kamrul Islam Bhuiyan told BSS.


He said Osman and Director General of ROSATOM, Russia's State Nuclear Energy Corporation, Sergey Kirienko would sign the agreement on behalf of their respective sides.


Russia earlier agreed to sign the agreement to return RNPP's spent fuel while the Bangladesh cabinet on June 5, 2017 approved a draft of the treaty titled "Agreement between the Russian Federation and Bangladesh on Cooperation Concerning Return of Spent Nuclear Fuel from Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant to the Russian Federation.


A three-member high-powered delegation led by minister for science and technology, Yeafes Osman secretary of the ministry M Anwar Hossain and project Director of RNPP Dr M Shawkat Akbar is visiting in Moscow in this regard.


According to an official familiar with process, the agreement will safeguard the country from  the hazard of nuclear waste and it would help in disposal of nuclear waste in accordance with nuclear safety standards.


Russia's ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation is building the 2400 megawatt nuclear power plant at Rooppur in Pabna district and the first two units of the plant are expected to be operational in 2023. 

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