First batch of TVEL fuel for Rooppur accepted

10 August 2023

Acceptance of fuel for the start loading of Rooppur NPP Unit 1 in Bangladesh has taken place at Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant, part of Rosatom’s Fuel Company TVEL. The fuel acceptance inspection test was passed. Similar nuclear fuel is operating successfully in power units with VVER-1200 reactors at Leningrad, Novovoronezh and Belarus NPPs.

“TVEL Fuel Company has produced for Rooppur NPP an advanced and efficient nuclear fuel, having a successful operating experience at reference VVER-1200 power units. We have taken into account all preferences of the Customer both at the pre-production stage and at all stages of fuel manufacturing and supply to the power plant. I am positive that our fuel will once again prove the highest quality and reliability level of Russian nuclear technologies”, noted Alexander Bukhvalov, TVEL Quality Director.

“Implementation of Rooppur NPP construction project is going just as planned. Rosatom Engineering Division is fulfilling its obligations in the full scope and, by the time of nuclear fuel arrival, the construction site of Unit 1 will be ready to accept it and ensure storage, meeting all the safety requirements prior to the stage of loading into the reactor”, added Alexey Deriy, ASE JSC Vice President - Rooppur NPP Construction Project Director.

Rooppur is equipped with two VVER-1200 reactors of Russian design and  is being built 160 km from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

Image courtesy of Rosatom

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