of pouring the “first concrete” to the foundation slab of Unit 1 of Rooppur
Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) took place at Iswardi of Pabna district in
Bangladesh on Thursday. The event was attended by Prime Minister of the
People’s Republic of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina and Director General of ROSATOM
State Atomic Energy Corporation Alexey Likhachev.
the pouring of first concrete of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant begins the
realization of its dream. We enter the nuclear world, which is a matter of
great pride and honor for us as a nation, we are grateful to Russia and Russian
people for this” - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said.
plant is being built with the help of Russia using so far the most modern
technology. To ensure the safety we are following the guideline of the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)”.
“Today we are not
only beginning construction of the facility with lifecycle
not less than 100 years, but at the same time further cementing foundation of
friendship and cooperation for us and our children and grandchildren. Similar plant with the
innovative VVER-1200 reactors is already operational in Russia. We will pay as
much attention and care to the construction of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in
Bangladesh as we do in Russia,” Alexei Likhachev, Director General of ROSATOM,
For Russia the construction of
a new NPP means new orders for Russian nuclear companies, increasing the share
of high-technology export and creating new jobs in Russia. 12,000 Russian
specialists: designers, engineers, equipment makers, builders, and power
engineers will be involved in the construction. At present, the foreign orders
portfolio of ROSATOM includes 34 nuclear power units in 12 world countries.
The development of nuclear
power will be beneficial for the Bangladeshi economy as well, give the impetus
to development of science and technology, and create new jobs. Maximum production
of power in Bangladesh now is slightly more than 4,000 MW. The Rooppur NPP
units will contribute substantially to the country s enenrgy security.
Rooppur NPP with two
VVER-1200s and total power of 2,400 MW is built to the Russian design at 160 km
from the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka, as per the general contract of December
25, 2015. The general construction contractor is JSC Atomstroyexport (part of
the Engineering Division of ROSATOM). In 2015-2016 the General Contractor
carried out the preliminary work on the construction site, prepared operating
documentation, worked out the documents to justify licenses for siting and
constructing the power units. In 2017 the work continued in accordance to the
schedule. On November 4, 2017, the Bangladeshi regulatory authority (BAERA)
issued a license for beginning of the construction of the plant. “The first
concrete” is the start of the main construction phase of Rooppur NPP. Commissioning
of Unit 1 of Rooppur NPP is scheduled for year 2023, Unit 2 is scheduled for
The Russian design with
VVER-1200 reactors has been selected for Rooppur NPP. This design is
implemented at Novovoronezh Phase II. The first unit of Novovoronezh Phase II
has already been in commercial operation that makes the design the referent
one. This is an evolutionary design of Generation III+ which fully meets
international safety requirements. In 2017, new Russian power unit,
Novovoronezh-1 Phase II, was named among the best three nuclear units of the
world by the version of the high-profile international periodical POWER (USA).
The Rooppur NPP project
implies the defense-in-depth concept which is fundamental for the entire plant
protection system. The main feature of the defense-in-depth concept is a
multi-layer protection and mitigation of consequences of hypothetic man-made
accidents and human error. These guarantee safety of the environment.
The region of South Asia knows
ROSATOM perfectly well. The corporation has been working long and successful
with India which neighbors Bangladesh. The Russian party has a unique and
multi-year experience in building nuclear power plants which are complex
high-technology engineering facilities in the south latitudes, hot and humid
climate, and restrained access to fresh water. The Rooppur NPP site is situated
in the region with such weather conditions where the monsoon period lasts from
May till October.
The Communications Department