“Ensuring nuclear safety and safeguarding the lives and health of both our employees and the general public has been our first and utmost priority for decades. Safety is Rosatom’s key value. We have always had contingency plans for any kind of emergency situations, including those related to the health of our employees. Said Alexey Likachev.
Alexey Likhachev, Director General of Russia's state atomic energy corporation -Rosatom, that is implementing the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Bangladesh has made a statement on March 26, 2020 on the backdrop of worldwide COVID-19 situation.
At present, we have introduced additional measures at all of Russia’s nuclear power plants, including regular health check-ups of our personnel. We have arranged for as many employees as possible to work remotely and purchased personal protective equipment and hygiene-related products in bulk; we are constantly disinfecting our production facilities and vehicles and have essentially cancelled all business trips. We are monitoring our employees’ health in close cooperation with local authorities across our areas of operation. We have developed a number of additional contingency plans for various scenarios of the coronavirus pandemic that may have an effect on the health of our NPP employees.
We have taken similar measures at nuclear power plant construction sites. We are carrying on with all our foreign construction sites despite challenges related to the spread of the coronavirus in a number of countries. Of course, the most stringent measures have been put in place at our sites in such countries in order to ensure the safety of personnel. We are guided by the recommendations of the disease control services and governments of the countries of our operation and are fully prepared to strengthen measures to counter the spread of this infection, including by means of quarantine, if said measures are introduced by local authorities.
Rosatom is taking all necessary precautions to minimize the negative impact this health crisis has on supply chains and to ensure that we fully meet our obligations to customers according to timelines stipulated in all relevant contracts.”
Rosatom is implementing 36 nuclear power units in 12 foreign countries across the globe including Bangladesh, India, China, Finland, Belorussia, Turkey and Egypt.