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First shipment of uranium for Rooppur nuclear power plant arrives in Dhaka

  • To be officially handed over on October 5
  • RNPP has two 1200MW units

The first batch of fresh uranium, the nuclear fuel of the first unit of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, has arrived in Bangladesh.

According to official sources, the consignment of uranium arrived in Dhaka from Russia on Thursday afternoon through a special air cargo.

Project Director of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Project Dr M Shawkat Akbar confirmed the arrival of the nuclear fuel.

Sources said Director General of the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom Aleksey Likhachev will hand over the fuel officially to the project authority in the Rooppur project on October 5.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Russian President Vladimir Putin are expected to virtually join the function.

The nuclear fuel was brought to Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka by a special plane from a factory in Russia.

It will then be taken to the project site at Rooppur in Ishwardi, Pabna by road. Army and law enforcement personnel will be in charge of special security in this uranium transportation.

The fuel was produced at the Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant (NCCP) in Russia, a subsidiary of Rosatom’s fuel manufacturing company Tevel.

Rosatom as a Russian contractor has been engaged in building the 2400MW Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) with two 1200MW units.

Dr M Shawkat Akbar said that the government is expecting to commission the first unit of the RNPP in September next year and the second unit in middle of 2025.

Source: Dhaka Tribune