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12,000 scientists, skilled manpower needed for Rooppur nuke plant

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  • 15 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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12,000 scientists, skilled manpower needed for Rooppur nuke plant

Bangladesh will need at least 12,000 scientists in nuclear energy and other areas to operate the country’s maiden Rooppur nuclear power plant in Pabna, said experts at a seminar.

They made the remarks at a seminar on “Contribution of Rooppur NPP construction to the sustainable development of Bangladesh” on Tuesday.

It was jointly organized by the Rosatom State Corporation, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and Atomstroyexport (ASE).

“We will need manpower for Rooppur’s two reactors for fuel reloading, maintenance, overhauling and generation of electricity from the power plant,” said eminent nuclear scientist Prof Dr Shafiqul Islam Bhuiyan, also a former chairman of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC).

Prof Dr Shafiqul Islam Bhuiyan sought support from Rosatom in introducing courses of nuclear science at the University of Dhaka as per a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The MoU is styled as “Agreement between University of Dhaka and National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute).”

The course will help to develop higher education jointlywith Russia, former BAEC chairman said.

It will also help develop joint research programmes, use research and infrastructure, exchange technologies, exchange undergraduate students and launchprogrammes for graduate students, he said.

He said the Rosatom would gradually facilitate introducing the subject at other public universities to create and develop manpower.

The Rooppur nuclear power plant having capacity to generate 2400MW of electricity will start commercial operation in 2024.    

The seminar was also attended, among others, by Md. Abdur Razzaque, director general of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novo Theatre, and Professor Dr. Ashoke Kumar Paul, member of Bio-Science at Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, and Nina Dementsova, head of Communications Department, ASE.

Natalia Goncharova, expert at Communication Department of ASE Group, presented the keynote paper on “Sustainable Development in Engineering Division”.

Konstantin Fokin, chief expert at JSC Atomstroyexport, Moscow, spoke on “The capabilities of the Rosatom nuclear education system for the Rooppur NPP construction project.”

Konstantin Fokin said, “Rosatom has secured $138 billion order for overseas nuclear power plant construction.

He said based on quotas granted by the RF Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Bangladesh citizens have been selected to study nuclear and other nuclear specific disciplines in Russian universities.

“At least 69 Rosatom quota students have graduated and of them 26 graduates have been employed by BAEC,” according to him.

He assured to discuss the matter with Rosatom for introduction of nuclear science courses in Dhaka University and other public universities here as like as the BUET.  

Natalia Goncharova, expert at Communication Department of ASE, said the completion of Rooppur nuclear power plant construction would create 2500 jobs for highly qualified specialists.

The power plant will supply affordable and clean energy to more than 1.5 million families across the country, according to the communication expert.