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Russia starts building nuclear power plant in Bangladesh


A foundation stone laying ceremony for Bangladesh’s first nuclear power plant is due at the local town of Rooppur later this Wednesday, October 2. The groundbreaking ceremony is to be attended by the General-Director of the Russian state corporation Rosatom, Sergei Kiriyenko, and Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina.

The future nuclear power plant is due to be erected 160 kilometres northwest of the capital city Dacca.  According to Russia’s nuclear corporation, pre-construction activities are expected to begin next January, while the main phase of construction will start in 2015 to last for some 5 years. According to Russia’s plans, the Rooppur nuclear power plant will start active operation in the early 2020s. The plant’s two generating units will boast an aggregate capacity of some 2 Gigawatts.

According to Rosatom, the decision to build a nuclear power plant in Bangladesh has been prompted by the need to settle the problem of acute power shortages in the Asian country. Besides, the construction of a facility of such a scale will boost the development of transportation, building facilities and tertiary sectors. The future Rooppur nuclear power plant will meet all modern-day international safety requirements, agreed on in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in Japan. The reactors will have double containment capable of resisting the damage that may be caused by a 200 ton falling aircraft, a magnitude 8 earthquake or hurricane force winds.