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Big day for Rooppur nuke power plant

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  • 10 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Big day for Rooppur nuke power plant

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Bangladesh is set to witness a historical moment in its nuclear power programme as prime minister is expected to inaugurate the installation work of Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV) today at Rooppur plant.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will open the work virtually at the unit-1 of the under-construction Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Pabna.

Science and Technology Minister Architect Yeafesh Osman, secretary Ziaul Hasan, Rosatam chief executive officer Alexey Likhachev, president of ASE Group of Companies Alexander Loshkin and other senior officials concerned will join the much-awaited installation event.  “Honourable Prime Minister gives her consent to formally launchthe installation work at the country’s maiden nuclear power project,” Architect Yeafesh Osman said.

Reactor pressure vessels are thick steel containers that hold nuclear fuel when the reactors operate.

The vessels provide one of several barriers that keep radioactive material out of the environment.

The government is expected to start commercial operation of the country’s maiden nuclear power plant in 2024 after a pre-commissioning in late 2023. 

While speaking about the work, an official emphasized the significance of the reactor pressure vessel.

He also mentioned the well-coordinated work of the specialists of Rosatom and their colleagues from Bangladesh in bringing the country closer to its goal of getting nuclear power.

Rooppur NPP accumulated the best Russian practices and dozens of years of experience and scientific thoughts, officials said.

The unique combination of active and passive systems of the power units will ensure safe operation of the power plant and guarantee the planned level of electricity generation, according to them.

They said Development of nuclear power industry will not only resolve the problem of energy supply in Bangladesh but will also contribute to the development of the region and enhance the living standards of the people.

Installation into the design position of VVER-1200 reactor pressure vessel of Unit 1 was performed in several stages.

At first, Liebherr-11350 heavy caterpillar crane raised the reactor pressure vessel on the transportation portal of the power unit.

Then the reactor vessel was moved to the central hall of the reactor building on a special transportation trolley.

Further, the polar crane put the reactor pressure vessel into the vertical position and installed it on the support ring in the reactor pit. 

The VVER-1200 reactor pressure vessel was manufactured by AEM-Technology of Russia.

The 12 meter-long RPV with a weight of 334.2 tonnes underwent necessary inspection in accordance with all the regulatory requirements.