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PM to Launch Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant construction work

Sofian Khan

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to launch the main construction work of the most-awaited Nuclear Power Plant on Thursday. This will be the 1st and maiden nuclear plant of the country. Sources at the Ministry of Science and Technology confirmed this and said that, The main construction work will launch at 11 am on Thursday in Ishwardi of northern Pabna district by the Prime Minister. All necessary initiatives are ready to begin inauguration of the first concrete pouring ceremony. Director general of Russia’s state atomic energy corporation, Alexey Likhachev and government high-ups from both countries will join the premier. By 2024, the Rooppur plant is expected to add 2,400 megawatts of electricity and help the country to meet its increasing demand for electricity – sourced by BSS. The mega project will be run and monitored by Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission. Russia will provide the technical and technological supports needed through its state nuclear agency, Rosatom.On December 25 in 2015, a general contract has been signed between BAEC and JSC Atomstroyexport for the construction of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant. Rosatom was appointed by Atomstroyexport who will invest $12.65 billion in total for the project. Out of this $1 billion is for soil stabilisation and other costs and $1.65 billion is for price escalation.

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