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RNPP moves closer to launch: Rosatom DG


Published : 19 Oct 2022 10:12 PM | Updated : 20 Oct 2022 04:54 PM

Construction of the first nuclear power plant in Bangladesh is actively progressing despite obstacles from the covid-19 pandemic, and each passing day moves it closer to launching.

Alexey Likhachev, Director General of Rosatom State Corporation on Wednesday made the statement during the installation ceremony of Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV) at the second unit of the under- construction Rooppur NPP at Ishwardi of Pabna. 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the ceremony virtually from Dhaka. The ceremony was arranged at the plant site. Director General of Rosatom State Corporation Alexey Likhachev physically attended the event.

The operation to install the VVER-1200 reactor vessel of the second power unit in the design position was carried out in several stages. A Liebherr-11350 heavy crawler crane lifted the reactor vessel onto the transport portal of the power unit. Then, on a special transport trolley, it was moved to the central hall of the reactor compartment. Further, with the help of a polar crane, the reactor vessel was turned into a vertical position and installed on a support ring in the reactor shaft. 

The VVER-1200 reactor vessel manufactured by AEM-Technologies (reactor vessel weight - 333.6 tons, length - 11.18 m, diameter - 4.57 m) passed the input control in accordance with all regulatory requirements before installation.

Alexey Likhachev emphasized the importance of the installation of the second reactor vessel and positively highlighted the cooperation with Bangladesh. 

“A year ago, we witnessed the installation of the Reactor Pressure Vessel in its design position at the first unit, and today the same operation was completed at the second unit. I am sincerely grateful to the entire team of constructors for their well-coordinated work. I express my gratitude to the authorities of Bangladesh for their full support for the project,” said the Director General of Rosatom.

After the ceremony, Alexey Likhachev, took part in the opening ceremony of the Training Center at Rooppur NPP site. The new and modern training center is designed to train operating personnel for Rooppur NPP. Bangladeshi personnel will be trained in specialized classrooms and other facilities with state-of-the-art equipment. In addition, the Russian side has developed all the necessary training and methodological programs, which in the future will allow the Bangladeshi side to independently train its personnel.

The Director General of Rosatom  who is on an official visit to Bangladesh is likely to call on the Prime Minister to discuss issues regarding strategic cooperation between the Rosatom State Corporation and Bangladesh.

Rooppur NPP with two VVER-1200 reactors with a total capacity of 2,400 MW is being built according to the Russian project, in accordance with the General Contract dated December 25, 2015. Russian VVER-1200 reactors were selected for the first nuclear power plant in Bangladesh. This is an evolutionary Generation III+ project that fully meets international safety requirements.