Seeing the success of the construction of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, some other countries who have taken this program want to take the cooperation of the workers of this project in implementing such a project. In this regard, one country addressed the concerned people of Bangladesh.
The reactor pressure vessel (nuclear reactor vessel) of the second unit of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) under construction will be installed on Wednesday, October 19. This is the most important part of the nuclear energy project. The installation of reactors is a major step forward for nuclear power plants. Because the reactor vessel is called the heart of the nuclear power plant.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the reactor ship facility via video conference. While inspecting the project on Tuesday (October 18th), Science and Technology Minister Architect Yafes Osman told reporters that the two countries had signed an agreement with Russian state nuclear company Rosatom to carry out such a project.
They want to take our staff because they can’t progress. The works at the Rooppur nuclear power plant are going so successfully that they have proven what an extraordinary job our ordinary workers can do. That’s why they spoke to our project manager on behalf of a country. They want to take the help of these workers after the completion of our project. We have trained 1200 to 1500 people on Russia.
The Minister said that each country wishes to inform the whole world of the progress of this work. The annual conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) last month shocked major nations with the progress of our work. They said how Bangladesh is so advanced right now? We can say that the sincerity of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and his team has made it possible to move forward in this direction. The establishment of this nuclear power plant project has increased our prestige abroad. The salaries of those who work abroad in our country will increase.
At that time, the RNPP project director was present with the minister. Soukat Akbar. He also answered various questions from journalists with the minister. The first unit of this project will start producing electricity by December next year. And the second unit will go into production in 2024. The reactor pressure vessel of the first unit was installed on October 10.
55 percent of this project work has been completed Of this total, approximately 73 percent of the first unit and approximately 48 percent of the second unit have been completed. Uranium fuel for the project will start arriving from Russia by October next year Bangladesh has requested fuel by September The agreement for this fuel supply was reached long ago with the Russian company fuel supply. Under the agreement, the company will supply fuel to the project for life.
Meanwhile, after the Rooppur nuclear power plant goes into production, it may take time to deliver electricity here to the national grid, they said. In this regard, Minister of Science and Technology Yafes Osman told reporters that so far, work on the project is progressing according to schedule. We are committed to completing the work on time. It won’t happen if I’m prepared. Those who will buy (PDB) must also be prepared.
However, he declined to comment on the preparation of transmission lines in the national grid. He said, we work with 100% transparency. I hope to be able to complete the work within the given time. Not much can be said for such a project. Because a lot of things are related to security.
In response to a question about payment for the project, he said there were no issues with the transaction. ERD solves this problem. The two countries work together. This is why the work of the project does not stop. We have already paid two installments. There is no problem.
However, the project manager, Dr, talks about taking electricity from the national grid. Shaukat Akbar said that the unit will first go into production by December 2023. The electricity from this first unit will go to the national grid in 2024. The second unit will go into production in 2024 and the electricity from this unit will go to the national grid in 2025.
This nuclear power plant is being built in Ruppur Union of Ishwardi Upazila of Pabna with the latest technology, financial and project implementation from Russia. The latest technology invented by Russia 3G (Plus) VVER 1200 reactor model is installed there.