On 31 March 2016, Atomstroyexport and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) are planning to have a regular coordination meeting at Rooppur NPP site (Bangladesh). The meeting will review the results and plans for the beginning of an active phase of construction works and development of design documentation.
December 25, 2015 marked the key event of the year by signing of the General Contract for construction of Rooppur NPP on a turn-key basis between Atomstroyexport and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission. This event opened the way for startup of full-scale works on construction of Rooppur NPP site facilities.
By the beginning of 2016, Atomstroyexport has already implemented civil works to build the so-called pioneer base and the first phase of construction and erection base at Rooppur NPP site. Therefore the plans for 2015 have been 100% implemented. In 2016, the works on construction and erection base will be continued, and the work on foundation pits for power Units 1 and 2 as well as soil stabilization activities for these pits are to be completed. Infrastructure works are also underway and equipment is delivered as required and scheduled.
Rooppur NPP project is implemented in accordance with the Agreement signed between the Governments of Russia and Bangladesh of 2 November 2011. The General Contractor is Atomstroyexport as part of ASE Group of Companies representing engineering division of Rosatom State Corporation.
The design for Rooppur NPP was selected to be AES-2006, a Russian design with VVER-type reactors of 1200 MW each having a prototype at Novovoronezh NPP-2 (Russia). This is an evolutionary design of Generation III+ which meets all international safety requirements and recommendations. This design was offered for Rooppur NPP as the most efficient in terms of safety and reliability as well as the most beneficial for Bangladesh from economic point of view.