RAJSHAHI: Rooppur nuclear power plant will play a vital role in sustainable socioeconomic development of the country as it will generate electricity with ushering a new era in research and training on nuclear energy, experts said, reports BSS.
They came up with the observation at a seminar at Senate Building of Rajshahi University (RU) here on Tuesday. RU’s Department of Physics hosted the seminar in association with Information Centre of Nuclear Energy (ICONE) as a part of the week of nuclear science.Vice-chancellor (VC) Professor Abdus Sobhan and Pro-VC Professor Ananda Kumar Shaha addressed the seminar as chief and special guests respectively with Chairman of the physics department Professor Golam Mourtoza in the chair.
Dr Oleg Tasslikov from Russian Ural Federal University, Former Chairman of Bangladesh Nuclear Energy Commission Dr Shafiqul Islam Bhuiyan and Engineer of Rooppur Nuclear Power Project Ali Julkarnain presented three keynote papers titled ‘It’s my life: the future energy, nuclear nest-doll, working scope for people’, ‘Fuel Cycle and Radioactive Waste Management’ and ‘An Overview of Nuclear Power and Safety of VVER-1200 Reactor’ respectively.
Presenting his paper Dr Bhuiyan said the nuclear energy will contribute to agriculture, industries and medicine sectors and open a new window in hydrogen generation and water desalination opportunities.
He told the seminar that the Rooppur plant has two units with a capacity of 1200 MWs each. After being commissioned of the plant, Bangladesh will be the third South Asian country after India and Pakistan to harness energy from atomic fission.
Prof Islam also presented a study relating to public perception on nuclear power. The study was conducted on 400 engineering students from public and private universities. Some 67 percent of them are aware of nuclear power technology and showed positive attitude while 19 percent disagreed and 14 percent remained neutral.