MOSCOW, March 1, 2018 – ROSATOM, the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of Bangladesh and the Department of Atomic Energy of the Government of the Republic of India signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the implementation of the Rooppur NPP construction project in Bangladesh.
On the Russian side, the memorandum was signed by Deputy Director General for international relations of the State Corporation Rosatom Nikolay Spassky and on the Bangladesh and India side – the Ambassador of Bangladesh in the Russian Federation S. M. Saiful Hoque and the Ambassador of India in the Russian Federation Pankaj Saran respectively.
The Russian side is building a nuclear power plant in Bangladesh on a “turnkey” basis. The general construction contractor is JSC Atomstroyexport (part of the Engineering Division of ROSATOM). The scope of work includes design, production and supply of equipment, construction, installation, start-up and commissioning. The Memorandum set a framework for the interaction of the Russian Contractor, Indian and Bangladeshi experts in the implementation of works related to the project. The parties, in particular, will cooperate in the field of personnel training, exchange of experience and consulting support. Indian companies can be involved in construction and installation works, the supply of materials and equipment of a non-critical category in the interests of the project.
"Today was a landmark event for both of our countries – and the industry as a whole. We are confident that this is the first step toward the formation of a new, forward-looking cooperation agenda in the region, - says Nikolay Spassky, - ROSATOM is a global company and a world leader in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. We are open to cooperation in the framework of our projects. The signing of the Memorandum is another illustration of our approach.
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ROSATOM (full name – State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom) is a Russian state corporation, one of the global technological leaders in the field of nuclear technology. It is one of the largest companies of the Russian Federation. It unites assets in the field of nuclear energy, design and construction of nuclear power plants, power engineering industry. State corporation ROSATOM is Russia's largest generating company, which provided 202.868 billion kWh of electricity (or 18.9% of the total output in the country) in 2017. ROSATOM ranks 1st in the world in terms of portfolio of foreign projects (33 power units in 12 countries); 2nd place in the world in uranium resources and 4th place in terms of its production. The state corporation provides 36% of the world market of uranium enrichment services and 17% of the nuclear fuel market. The scope of activity of ROSATOM includes the production of equipment and isotope products for the needs of nuclear medicine, scientific research, materials science, supercomputers and software, production of various nuclear and non-nuclear innovative products. ROSATOM unites over 300 enterprises and organizations, including the world's only nuclear-powered icebreaking fleet.
ASE group of companies was established in the frame of the engineering division of ROSATOM by merging leading companies of the industry: JSC ASE EC - Atomstroyexport JSC - Atomenergoproekt JSC - ATOMPROEKT JSC. ASE is one of the global leaders in nuclear power engineering and accounts for 31% of the global NPP construction market. Representative offices, branches and front offices are operating in 15 countries. Over 80% of the portfolio are accounted for by foreign projects. It implements high power NPP designing and construction projects, RAW and SNF management facilities, thermal power facilities and renders services within the full range of EPC, EPC(M) and PMC for any complex engineering facilities. ASE company develops and implements an innovative Multi-D project management system in the area of complex engineering objects construction which allows more efficient management of budgeting, deadlines and quality.
Construction of the Rooppur NPP: The plant will consist of two power units with Russian-designed WWER reactors with a capacity of 1,200 MW each. The units constructed as per this project are related to the nuclear units of the “3+” generation with improved technical and economic indicators and the most modern reliability and safety requirements. The power unit No. 1 of the Russian Novovoronezh NPP-2 became the reference for the Rooppur NPP. The site of the Rooppur NPP is located on the bank of the Padma River in the Rooppur settlement in the district of Pabna, about 160 kilometers from the Dhaka. The project is implemented in accordance with the intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the construction of the Rooppur NPP, which was signed in November 2011. In 2015-2016 the General Contractor carried out the preliminary work on the construction site, prepared operating documentation, worked out the documents to justify licenses for siting and constructing the power units. On November 30, 2017, the ceremony of pouring "first concrete" into the foundation mat of the reactor compartment of the first power unit took place. The power unit No. 1 of the Rooppur NPP is planned to be commissioned in 2023 and the power unit No. 2 in 2024.