Specialists of Russia’s ESCM have completed the full range of electrical work on the reloading machine at unit 1 of the Rooppur NPP under construction in Bangladesh. This ensures that the main equipment is ready for commissioning and paves the way for reactor assembly. More than 200 ESCM employees were involved in the work. Currently, the total number of ESCM specialists at the site exceeds 2,500. ESCM opened a branch in Bangladesh in 2018.

The Rooppur plant is being built by Rosatom on the eastern bank of the Ganges River in Bangladesh’s Pabna district, about 160 km northwest of Dhaka. It will comprise two VVER-1200 reactors. In November 2011, Russia and Bangladesh signed an inter-governmental agreement on cooperation in the construction of the NPP and in mid-December 2015, a general contract was signed. Construction began in 2021. Construction of the unit 1 began in November 2017 and unit 2 in July 2018. The plant’s design life is 60 years with the possibility of extending its operating life for another 20 years. Fresh fuel for the units was delivered to the site in the latter part of 2023.

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