Bangladesh signs deal with Russia for two nuclear reactors
Russia and Bangladesh signed a nuclear co-operation agreement which envisages the former setting up two 1,000 MW nuclear reactors at Rooppur, in the Ishwardi subdistrict of Pabna, northwest of Bangladesh.
These will be Bangladesh’s first nuclear reactors, marking the country’s formal entry into the nuclear sector. The other nuclear-powered nations in the region include India, China, Pakistan, Japan, and North and South Korea.
This pact is significant as Bangladesh now depends upon old gas-fired power plants which suffer a daily shortfall of nearly 2,000 MW, seriously hampering industrial production.
Of the two reactors, one is slated to attain criticality between 2017 and 2018. The total cost of the project is between $ 1.5 to $ 2 bn.
The agreement stipulates that Russia will provide the fuel on a long term basis and take back the spent fuel.
During the signing ceremony at Dhaka, Bangladesh’s nuclear officials went out of their way to emphasize that the country will use nuclear energy only for peaceful purposes.