South Korea to supply research reactor technology to Bangladesh

21 July 2021

South Korea's Ministry of Science and ICT said on 15 July that the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (Kaeri) had won a deal worth $3.88 million to export nuclear reactor technology to Bangladesh. Kaeri signed an agreement with the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) to deliver digital instrumentation and control systems for the Bangladesh Training and Research Reactor (BTRR) by January 2023, according to the Ministry.

Kaeri will provide and install the digital systems, which are responsible for monitoring and controlling the nuclear reactor and safely halting its operations should there be any problems. The 3 MW TRIGA BTRR, which became operational in 1986, is undergoing modifications to update its ageing analogue systems. The agreement is the sixth research-based nuclear technology export for South Korea since it won a deal to build a research nuclear reactor in Jordan in 2009. It has also provided technology to Greece, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Netherlands.

The agreement is seen as a stepping stone for further collaboration between Kaeri and BAEC, including future research reactor development in Bangladesh. South Korean Ambassador to Bangladesh, Lee Jang-Keun said he anticipates an early signing of the proposed memorandum of understanding between Kaeri and BAEC and meaningful progress in the discussions between the governments for the conclusion of a bilateral agreement on peaceful nuclear cooperation.

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