Sunday, 28 November, 2021

Rooppur Nuke Plant

Tk 3.7bn project launched to build modern telecom network

Tk 3.7bn project launched to build modern telecom network

The government has undertaken a telecommunications network project worth Tk 3.75 billion to mitigate any uncertain risk after the launch of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNNP).

The project is designed with an instant alert system for any potential risk across 19 districts nearthe RNNP site, officials said.

This will also have resilient supportsthrough Satellite Communications using Bangabandhu Satellite-1 to communicate any disaster caused by the RNPP, they said.

Each of the districts will have 300Gbps broadband connectivity with 100gbps connectivity in each upazilato make secure nuclear power transition in the country, they added.

The external communication system project will communicate RNPP, Crisis Centre of JSC concerns and other emergency concerns supporting the places of neighbouring countries. 

“Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd (BTCL) will implement the project in one and a half years as per the instruction of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” said BTCL managing director Dr Md Rafiqul Matin on Thursday.

He said six different networks will be connected with the back-up support for instant communication when needed.

“RNPP will have two separate communication networks- one is internal and another is external- for communications. BTCL will implement the external network while RNPP will implement the international network,” he said.

Dr Matin said the internal communication network would preserve the right of the RNPP authorities.

AKM Habibur Rahman, another BTCL official, said the Ministry of Science and Technology would prepare a development project proposal (DPP) to implement the project whereas the BTCL would be the contractor.

Initially, the project cost was fixed at Tk 4.30 billion and later slashed to Tk 3.75 billion.

The official hoped that the project would be approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) soon. “After approval, BTCL will start the work from January, 2022.”

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

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

According to the officials concerned, 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.

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