PM Hasina opens reactor pressure vessel installation for RNPP Unit-2

Rooppur Nuclear power plant site in Ishwardi, PabnaFile photo

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday inaugurated installation of the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) at Unit-2 of the 2400MW Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP), enabling Bangladesh to reach nearer to produce electricity from nuclear.

The prime minister joined virtually the opening ceremony at the RNPP in Ishwardi of Pabna from her official residence, Gonobhaban, in the capital.

As per the project plan, the first unit of the nuclear power plant will supply 1,200 MW power in 2023 while the same amount of electricity will be available from the second unit in 2024.

The project has seen around 53 per cent financial progress and 55 per cent physical progress. However, the overall progress of the first unit is 70 per cent.

The Rooppur project is being implemented by the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission with the technical and financial support of Russia. The project’s construction cost, including manpower training, amounts to $12.65 billion, and 90 per cent of it is being funded by Russia.

Earlier, on 10 October last year, the prime minister had inaugurated the RPV at the first unit of the RNPP, which entitled Bangladesh as the 33rd country to have a nuclear power plant for producing electricity from nuclear energy.

Science and Technology Minister architect Yeafesh Osman and director general of Rosatom, Russia’s Atomic Energy Organisation, Alexey Likhachev spoke on the occasion while senior secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology Ziaul Hasan gave the address of welcome.

A documentary on the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant was also screened at the function.