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Rooppur plant to have highest safety standard: Rosatom

unnamed (14)Russia’s state nuclear corporation, Rosatom, reassured that the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) will have the highest safety standard to protect environment, humans and others from exposure to any hazardous element. 

Rosatom is developing the Rooppur Power Plant in Pakshey, Pabna to produce 2400 megawatts of electricity in two phases in 2022 and 2023. 

“We have engaged German and French specialists besides our own experts to build the plant with the state-of-the-art technologies, ensuring highest safety standard,” President of JSC Atomstroyexport (JSC-ASE) Valery Limarenko told BSS in a recent interview in Moscow.

A sister concern of Rosatom, JSC Atomstroyexport is one of the leading companies in nuclear engineering business, rendering services of design, construction and decommissioning of nuclear power plants in Russia and worldwide. The company shares about 30.0 percent of the world’s nuclear power plant (NPP) market for design and construction.

Limarenko said the Rooppur plant’s design has been done in line with the world’s first commissioned “Generation 3+” nuclear power unit at Novovoronezh nuclear power plant, which is now in operation in Russia. 

“Bangladeshi experts preferred the technology of unit-6 of Novovoronezh NPP to be replicated in Rooppur because of its security features.

Its plant in central Russia is considered as the safest nuclear power unit in the world,” he said.

Maksim V Elchishchev, Vice-president of Bangladesh’s project, also said that Rosatom has undertaken necessary measures for ensuring safety and security of the project. 

“We will arrange the latest technologies and install 3+ tier security measures as a safeguard of the plant,” he said. 

According to Rosatom, technologically more advanced rectors like VVER 1,200 of Generation 3+ would be set up in Rooppur plant. Each of the reactors will have 1,200 MW power generation capacity. 

Deputy Director General (DDG) of Rosatom Nikolay Spassky earlier ruled out the risk of earthquake or environmental damage and other related issues in the Rooppur project area. “We have collected all related data which were satisfactory for building a plant ensuring all safety,” he said. 

ROSATOM will follow the local and the IAEA rules and guidelines in installing the plant, Spassky said, adding, “We will involve local people, scientists and academicians to share information about the nuclear power project at Rooppur as safety is our first concern.” 

He said the use of nuclear power will continue to increase across the world, especially in Asia and the Middle East. Even a country like Qatar is now thinking about energy mix, so we need to exercise more caution about the safety and awareness of the nuclear project, he added. 

According to the IAEA, there are now a total of 434 nuclear power units in operation across the world while 69 plants are under implementation. Another 80 to 90 nuclear plants will be built in the next two decades. Jordan, Nigeria, Turkey and Algeria are the new entrants to the nuclear power sector.

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