Russian bloggers as part of their eight-day tour to Bangladesh visited the under construction Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant at Ishwardi of Pabna on Thursday.
To project Bangladesh, its tourism potentials in Russia and to impart a new dimension in bilateral relations their Bloggers' trip is organized by ASE Group of Companies, an engineering division of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom, responsible for the construction of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.
The Bloggers were warmly welcomed by the Russian and Bangladeshi staff working there. They were taken around different facilities of Units 1 and 2 of and briefed on future implementation plan of the project.
"The visit by the top Russian Bloggers is a testament of our commitment to friendly Bangladesh. We are happy to somehow be a part of country’s rapid socio-economic development,” said Alexander Khazin, Senior Vice President for International Project of ASE Group of Companies.
“While Bangladesh aims to become a developed country by 2041, demand for green and clean energy is estimated to rise manifold. I firmly believe that Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant will play a significant role in meeting that demand."
The bloggers group includes Oleg Cricket (Instagram: @olegcricket), Dmitry Lazykin (Instagram: @dimalazykin), Irina Goldman (Instagram: @veryire) and Nikita Teterev (Instagram: @nikita_teterev) together they have more than 16 lakh followers on the Instagram.
The bloggers are traveling around various tourist attractions and getting acquainted with the people and their traditional lifestyle, culture and sharing their first-hand experience in their respective blogs.
After visiting the Rooppur project site, Oleg Cricket, one of the most popular Russian Bloggers with nearly one million followers on Instagram said. "Work is booming at the site and the working atmosphere is just fantastic. It is amazing to see how the Russian and Bangladeshi are working hand to hand in constructing the Bangladesh’s first ever Nuclear Power Plant."
"As elsewhere this nuclear power plant will boost local socio-economic development, without harming the wonderful nature of the Pabna district."
"I am thoroughly enjoying my trip to Bangladesh. The country has so many things to offer to Russian tourists, with its unexplored natural beauty. unique culture and lifestyle." said Irina Goldman, former Editor of the famous magazine- Cosmopolitan who is traveling with her pet dog Space. " In my eyes Rooppur project is a bright symbol of friendly co-operation between our countries. I am really happy to be able to visit the project site."
The Bloggers have already visited Dhaka,Tangail, Mahasthangarh, Pabna and at the moment they are in Khulna. Further program includes visit of Bagerhat, Sundarbans, Chattogram, Bandarban, among other places.
Rooppur Nuclear Power project will have two units each of 1,200 MW capacity. The plant will be equipped with the generation 3+ Russian VVER reactors, that fully meet the IAEA's latest safety requirements. The project is being implemented by ASE Group of Companies as the General Contractor under supervision of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).