Unit 2 of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Bangladesh gets construction license

Both the Bangladeshi and Russian sides expressed their satisfaction over the progress of construction work of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP), said a statement on Saturday issued by Rosatom, the Russian contractor which was awarded the project.

It mentioned that the satisfaction from both Dhaka and Moscow was expressed in the 4th meeting of the Joint Coordinating Committee (JСС) of the Russia and Bangladesh on construction of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant which was held at a hotel in city on Wednesday.

The main topic of discussion was the present status of construction of Rooppur NPP and further actions to be required for completion of the project.

The Russian delegation was headed by Alexander Loshkin, First Deputy Director General for operational management of the Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation and the President of ASE Group of Companies, General Contractor of Rooppur NPP.

Architect Yeafesh Osman, Minister for Science and Technology led the Bangladesh side in the meeting.

Issues related to man power training, delivery of equipment and others were also discussed in the meeting.

Decisions of the JСС meeting were documented in the final Protocol, approved at the meeting.

The construction of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) is being implemented under an intergovernmental agreement signed between Russia and Bangladesh on November 2 in 2011.

On December 25, 2015, Atomstroyexport (ROSATOM’s subsidiary) was appointed as the General Contractor for construction Rooppur NPP with two VVER 1200 power units, each with a capacity of 1200 MW.

In 2015-2016, preparatory works were carried out at the construction site, working documentation was developed and documents for licensing for construction were prepared.

On November 4, 2017, the regulatory authority of Bangladesh (BAERA) issued required license for the design and construction of the plant.

On November 30, 2017, “First Concrete” ceremony was held for Unit 1 of the Rooppur NPP and on July 14, 2018, the Unit 2 also went in to active phase of the construction following the “First Concrete”.

On August 18, 2018, installation of “Core Catcher”, one of the most important passive safety systems began at Unit 1.

Installation of “Core Catcher” for the Unit 2 began in February 2019. Currently, construction of main buildings and structures of both the power units is underway, said the Rosatom.