JCC discusses progress on Rooppur nuke power plant | 2019-03-10 | daily-sun.com

JCC discusses progress on Rooppur nuke power plant

Special Correspondent

9th March, 2019 10:50:02 printer

The fourth meeting of the Joint Coordinating Committee (J) of Russia and Bangladesh has discussed the progress on construction of Rooppur nuclear power plant (NPP).

The main topic of discussion was the present status of construction of Rooppur NPP and further actions to be required for completion of the project.

Both sides expressed their satisfaction over the progress on the construction work of Rooppur NPP.

Architect Yeafesh Osman, minister for science and technology, led the Bangladesh side in the meeting held on March 6 at a hotel in Dhaka.

The Russian delegation was headed by Alexander Loshkin, First Deputy Director General for operational management of the Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation and the President of ASE Group of Companies, General Contractor of Rooppur NPP.

Issues related to manpower training, delivery of equipment and others were also discussed in the meeting.

Decisions of the JСС meeting were documented in the final protocol, approved at the meeting.  The construction of the Rooppur NPP is being implemented under an intergovernmental agreement signed between Russia and Bangladesh on November 2 in 2011.

On December 25, 2015, Atomstroyexport (Rosatom’s subsidiary) was appointed as the general contractor for construction of Rooppur NPP with two VVER 1200 power units, each with a capacity of 1200 MW. 

In 2015-2016, preparatory works were carried out at the construction site, working documentation was developed and documents for licensing for construction were prepared. In 2017, the implementation of the Rooppur NPP construction project continued in accordance with the schedule. On November 4, 2017, the regulatory authority of Bangladesh (BAERA) issued required license for the design and construction of the plant.

On November 30 in 2017, “First Concrete” ceremony was held for Unit 1 of the Rooppur NPP and on July 14, 2018, the Unit 2 also went in to active phase of the construction following the “First Concrete”. On August 18, 2018, installation of “Core Catcher”, one of the most important passive safety systems began at Unit 1. Installation of “Core Catcher” for the Unit 2 began in February 2019. Currently, construction of main buildings and structures of both the power units is underway.

The innovative Generation 3+ power units, which will be installed at Rooppur NPP includes the most powerful type of VVER-1200 reactor, as well as a high-speed turbine specially designed for new-generation NPPs. It provides the highest level of operational safety and fully meets the safety requirements strictly set by the IAEA.