The government is planning to generate a total of 7,200 megawatts (MW) of electricity from nuclear power plants by 2041, a top official said.
“We now concentrates on implementation of two units of a nuclear power plant having capacity to generate 2400MW of electricity at Rooppur in the next three to four years,” said Md Anwar Hossain, secretary of the ministry of science and technology.
He said this while talking to the daily sun after presenting a keynote paper at a workshop on “Nuclear Power for Sustainable Development: Bangladesh Perspective” at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novo Theatre in the capital on Saturday.
The 2400MW of electricity will be added to the grid by October, 2023, he said.
He said the government is hopeful of generating 7,200MW of electricity from nuclear power by 2041.
“Our team visited Patuakhali and Barguna to implement a series of nuclear power units,” Anwar Hossain said.
Another team of power division is also conducting feasibility studies to implement a series of nuclear power plants in the country’s southern region, he added.
The government has a plan to implement another two units having total capacity to generate 4000MW of electricity at Rooppur, the official said.
“We have a target to generate at least 10 percent electricity from nuclear power projects by 2030. Then, the electricity generation capacity will increase to 38,700MW,” he said.
Besides, the government has set a target of generating at least 12 percent electricity or 7200MW from nuclear power project by 2041 when electricity generation capacity will be 60300MW, he said.
The government has overcome all the challenges like sustainable technology with huge initial cost for implementing Rooppur power project, he said.
He said the Rooppur project would be cost effective.“Per unit cost has not been confirmed as fuel supply cost and operation and maintenance cost are not settled yet,” he added.
Science and technology minister Yafesh Osman inaugurated the workshop while principal secretary to the prime minister Md Nojibur Rahman, principal coordinator on SDG Md Abul Kalam Azad and health services secretary Md Shirajul Haque Khan, among others, were present.