Rooppur nuclear power plant in Bangladesh gathers fresh momentum

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Rooppur nuclear power plant in Bangladesh gathers fresh momentum

Rooppur nuke power plant gathers fresh momentum

Bangladesh signed a deal on January 14 with Russia on extension of state export credit for financing the preparatory stage work of a nuclear power plant at Rooppur in Pabna.

Under the agreement with Russian Atomic Energy Commission: Rosatom, the Russian government will extend all out cooperation to build the nuclear power plant.

Russia will supply fuel to the plant and take away used fuel and also train the plants' workers.

The deal was signed in presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during her visit to Russia.

In November 2011, the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding and framework agreement in presence of Hasina.

Under the plan, two units of the Rooppur nuclear power plant will produce 2,000 megawatts of electricity annually. The tenure of the plant will be 60 years and it would be extended to 20 more years.

The plan for setting up the country's first ever nuclear power plant at Rooppur village in Ishwardi upazila of Pabna district was initiated in 1961.

After 44 years, the last caretaker government took over the initiative to implement it.