The second nuclear power plant will be built in the southern region of Bangladesh, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said today.
“I want the country’s second nuclear power plant to be built on the other side of the River Padma. The land is being sought for the project,” the premier said after opening the reactor pressure vessel installation work in the first reactor building of the country’s first nuclear power plant in Pabna’s Rooppur.
PM attended the ceremony virtually from her official Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka on Sunday morning.
The prime minister said, “Today is a very important day for us. The day is not only important for Bangladesh but is also for me.”
“Bangladesh today secured a strong position in the world’s nuclear age with the installation of the reactor pressure vessel. And this was achieved by the peaceful use of nuclear technology.”
With the installation of the reactor in the main unit of the nuclear power plant at Rooppur in Pabna, the country’s dream to produce nuclear energy is going to be materialized.
Installation of almost all types of nuclear equipment was completed by setting up reactor pressure vessels inside the physical structure of Unit-1.
As a result, the work inside the reactor building of this unit nears completion.
Rooppur NPP has accumulated the best Russian practice and dozens of years of experience and scientific thoughts and the unique combination of active and passive systems of the power units will ensure safe operation of the power plant and guarantee the planned level of electricity generation.
The development of the nuclear power industry will not only resolve the problem of energy supply in Bangladesh but will also contribute to the development of the region and enhance the living standards of the people.
The nuclear power plant in Pabna that consists of two units with a capacity of 1,200MW each is the country’s maiden power project of its kind.
The Rooppur project is being implemented by the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, which is being constructed with the technical and financial support of Russia.
Science and Technology Minister Architect Yeafesh Osman presided over the function and Russia’s state-run atomic energy body Rosatom’s Director General Alexey Likhachev spoke as the special guest from the RNPP Project site.
Science and Technology Secretary Ziaul Hasan delivered the welcome address while the Project Director of the plant Dr Mohammad Shawkat Akbar joined it connecting from the reactor building.