BANGLADESH-RUSSIA PLAN FOR NUCLEAR INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT
An action plan detailing the infrastructure development of the country’s first nuclear power plant has been recently adopted by the Bangladesh-Russia working group of the joint coordination committee for implementing the nuclear power programme.
A statement released by the coordination committee said two documents – action plan for the nuclear infrastructure development and Bangladesh nuclear power communication strategy – were signed in this regard.
The working group, consisting of 40 experts from Bangladesh and Russia, met in Dhaka from January 13 to 15.
The action plan, to be implemented in next two years, includes many important steps Bangladesh needs to undertake in order to achieve the goals of the nuclear power programme.
The plan lays out details of nuclear safety, human resources, site selection and installation support, management, legislative and regulatory framework, electrical network, funding and financing, planning for emergencies, nuclear fuel cycle, and radioactive waste management.
Head of Bangladesh delegation and co-chair of the working group, Rabindranath Roy Chowdhury, joint secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology said: “The documents we signed are a step forward to implementing the nuclear power programme. Nuclear infrastructure is a vital pre-condition for establishing the nuclear power plant in the country. I am happy that we are proceeding steadily towards our dream.”
His Russian counterpart Yury Sokolov, Director of Department on international scientific and technical cooperation of “Rosenergoatom”, power generation company of “Rosatom”, added: “With our long experience in the nuclear industry, we have worked out with Bangladeshi partners the action plan, which I believe completely corresponds to their needs and at the same time conforms to the guidelines set by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)”.
The action plan addresses the 19 IAEA guidelines as well as the needs of Bangladesh and includes examples of best practices of Russian nuclear power industry, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.
The other document signed in the meeting, the Bangladesh nuclear power communication strategy addresses the needs to inform and educate people of Bangladesh, Rooppur in particular, about the basics of nuclear energy, its benefits, safety and how eco-friendly and cost effective it is.
Bangladesh plans to produce 1,000MW of electricity by 2021 and another 1,000MW by 2022 from the proposed Rooppur nuclear power plant.
The Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, under the Ministry of Science and Technology, is implementing the project.
FEBRUARY 01, 2015