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Rooppur NPP safe from disasters

Staff Correspondent     26 April, 2016 12:00 AM printer

Rooppur NPP safe from disasters

Engr. Md. Ali Zulquarnain, Chairman, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC), speaks at a roundtable on ‘NPP: Environmental and Safety Aspect: Bangladesh-Russian Experience in Raising Public Awareness on Nuclear Energy,” at the conference hall of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novotheatre, in the city on Monday.

Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) Chairman Engr. Md. Ali Zulquarnain Monday said the Rooppur Nuclear Power Project is safe from any environment disaster, unexpected Farakka dam disaster as the authorities concerned designed the VVER-1200 reactors with five basic protections.
“We are considering 19 metres reactor baseline that would be able to protect big disasters like unexpected Farakka Dam disaster or melting ice of Himalayan peak to implement the proposed Rooppur 1200MW each nuclear power plant,” BAEC chairman said.
He was addressing a discussion on ‘NPP: Ecological and Security aspects. Bangladesh-Russian experience in raising public awareness on nuclear energy,” at conference hall of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novotheatre.
He observed that the Japanese Fukusima nuclear power plant disaster happened due to faulty design.
“Japan is Tsunami affected area whereas the US is Tornado-prone one…..I think, the Fukusima nuke plant design considered the US Tornado condition and that is why it faced an accident,” he said.
Any nuclear technology must be taken with consideration of local environment, said BAEC chairman who is also experienced to run Savar’s reactor here.
He, however, said the government would not require to relocate any people from Rooppur as the technology of reactor has been built considering 0.001 percent incident fear.
He added the Rooppur plant will monitor 800 square metres of areas of radiation considering its technology.
He also added, they will send spent fuel through special vehicle by river bodies.
АSE Group of Companies, Engineering Division of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom, in cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Technology of Bangladesh held the round table discussion.
Representatives of key government authorities and companies of Bangladesh like Ministry of Science and Technology, Atomic Energy Commission, Rooppur NPP Project who are involved in development and implementation of national nuclear power programme of Bangladesh for construction of the country’s first nuclear power plant in Rooppur region participated in the workshop.