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Rooppur NPP unit-2 gets reactor vessel, steam generators

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  • 13 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Rooppur NPP unit-2 gets reactor vessel, steam generators

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Russian state-owned Rosatom Engineering Division has supplied reactor vessel and four steam generators for the under-construction unit-2 of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Bangladesh.

Heavy equipment of the reactor compartment of unit 2 was manufactured at Atommash plant in Volgodonsk branch of AEM-Technology, said a release on Thursday.

The weight of the reactor vessel is 333.6 tons while the weight of steam generator is 340 tons.

The transportation of the cargo lasted for over two months. From Atommash, the equipment was transported to special berth of Tsimlyansk water reservoir in Volgodonsk, loaded on barges and shipped to Novorossiysk.

The length of the sea route of the equipment that was shipped on the Anna vessel from Novorossiysk to the Bangladesh port of Mongla - via the Black Sea and the Suez Canal - was about 14,000 kilometers.

The manufacture of the VVER-1200 reactor vessel lasted for over two years.

All the operations were performed with the participation of representatives of the customer’s authorised organisation, BAEC and BAERA supervisory authority.

Last October, the reactor vessel and the steam generators for Rooppur NPP Unit-1 were delivered to Bangladesh.

It is planned that the reactor vessel of power unit no-1 will be installed into the design position in September 2021.

The Rooppur NPP site is located on the eastern bank of the Padma River in Pabna district at a distance of about 160 km northwest of Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh.

The facility is designed and constructed by Rosatom State Corporation Engineering Division. The nuclear power plant will consist of two VVER-1200 reactor power units and their life cycle is expected to be 60 years with a possible extension of the service life for another 20 years.

The Russian design with VVER-1200 reactors that had been successfully implemented at Novovoronezh NPP- 2 was selected for the first NPP in Bangladesh.

This is an evolutionary GenIII+ design which fully complies with all international safety requirements.