Bangladesh progresses towards nuclear power

28 November 2011

Bangladesh has achieved ‘notable progress’ in its nuclear infrastructure development of nuclear power, according to a team of international experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency. An IAEA Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission concluded that Bangladesh has mostly met the conditions for knowledgeable decision-making and is actively preparing for the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant project.

The mission team made 50 recommendations and 20 specific suggestions to assist the national authorities in preparing the infrastructure necessary to implement the project, according to the IAEA.

Bangladesh began consideration of nuclear power in the 1960s, and with the Government approval of a national Action Plan in 2000, reinvigorated its efforts in recent years.

In November 2011, Bangladesh signed an agreement with Russia’s Rosatom for construction of two 1000 MW nuclear power units at the Rooppur site (about 200 km from Dhaka). The agreement also includes fuel supply, take-back of spent fuel, training and other services. The government is considering either a government-owned turnkey project or a build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) contract.

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