Concreting work was completed on the foundation slab of the machine room of unit 2 of Ruppur NPP in Bangladesh on 6 August, according to the general contractor for construction of the NPP, Atomstroyexport (the Engineering Division of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom). The construction involved 3,782 tons of reinforcement and 23,550 cubic metres of concrete.

Sergey Lastochkin, Vice President and Director of the Ruppur NPP Construction Project, said this is an important stage of construction, after which work will begin on the walls of the unit 2 machine room. Also on 6 August, the support truss structures for unit 1 were delivered to the site.

Ruppur NPP, with two VVER-1200 reactors, is being constructed by Rosatom, in accordance with the $12.65 billion general contract signed in December 2015,for the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC). Russia’s Novovoronezh II NPP is the reference plant for the project. In 2015-2016, preparatory work was carried out at the construction site, working documentation was developed, as well as substantiation materials for construction licences. In November  2017, after the Bangladeshi regulatory authority (BAERA) issued a licence for the design and construction of the station, “first concrete” was poured for unit 1 followed by first concrete for unit 2 in July 2018. Installation of the melt trap for unit 1 began in August 2018.

Ruppur 1 is scheduled to begin operation in 2023, and unit 2 in 2024.