700 km Transmission Lines for Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant to be built at $1.5 billlion

The 700 km transmission lines from Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) has received government nod. Starting from Rooppur in Pabna district, these transmission lines will reach five different districts of the country and will be constructed under USD 1.5 billion project.

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday approved a project

The Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) have been constructing the transmission lines, which will have total length of 700 kilometers. The transmission lines will reach Bogra, Gopalganj, Dhaka, Dhamrai and Baghabari. The length of the Rooppur-Dhaka transmission line will be 154 kilometers while the length of Rooppur-Gopalganj, Rooppur-Bogra, Rooppur-Dhamrai(Manikganj) transmission lines will be 150, 102 and 152 kilometers respectively. All these lines will be 400 KW transmission lines.

Three high-capacity sub-stations will be built along with the Rooppur-Bogra transmission line. There will be some dual-circuit lines as well. The estimated cost for this transmission line is Taka 1,937 crore (approx. USD 200 million) and the plan of constructing this line is approved. The transmission line is expected to be completed by 2020.

The Rooppur-Gopalganj transmission line will be another dual circuit line that will facilitate power service to the areas of Gopalganj, Barishal, Jhalkathi. The cost is estimated as much as Taka 2,092 crore (USD 251 Million) to construct this transmission line and the project plan is also being approved by the government. The transmission line is scheduled to be completed by 2019.

Science and Technology secretary Md. Anwar Hossain said: “The construction of other infrastructures that will be needed to make the nuclear power plant functional is in progress. The construction of these transmission lines will be finished within due time.”

Managing Director of PGCB Masum Al Beruni told Nuclear Asia that they are expecting the construction of the transmission lines to be completed before the Rooppur plant itself. “Nuclear power is very sensitive, that’s why we’re building high-quality and modern transmission lines and sub-stations,” he added.

The RNPP will be generating 2,400 MW of power. The first unit of the power plant will be operational from 2022.