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RF, Bangladesh sign agt on building 1st NPP in PRB

November 02, 2011, 16:16 UTC+3

The agreement provides for construction of two nuclear power units of 1000 MW installed capacity each in Ruppur site

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MOSCOW, November 2 (Itar-Tass) — Director Generar of the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom Sergei Kiriyenko and State Minister of Science, Information and Communication Technologies of Bangladesh Yeafesh Osman signed in Dhaka on Wednesday an intergovernmental agreement on the construction of the first nuclear power plant in the territory of the People's Republic of Bangladesh (PRB), the Rosatom press service reported on Wednesday.

“The development of the energy industry is a very important issue for us, but it is also important to comply with all safety requirements and precautions during the plant’s construction,” PRB Prime Minister Hasina Wazed who was present at the document’s signing ceremony said.

Kiriyenko for his part noted that “the nuclear power plant, built on Russian technology, will comply with all international, so-called post-Fukushima requirements.” “The nuclear power units will have a double containment of the reactor, passive heat removal system, hydrogen recombiners, core melt trap, and other systems.

The agreement provides for construction of two nuclear power units of 1000 MW installed capacity each in Ruppur site (about 200 km from Dhaka).

The State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom incorporates more than 250 enterprises and scientific institutions, including all civil nuclear companies of Russia, nuclear weapons complex’s facilities, research organisations and the world’s only nuclear-propelled fleet. Rosatom is the largest utility in Russia which produces more than 40 percent of electricity in the country’s European part. Rosatom holds leading positions in the world market of nuclear technologies being the 1st in the world simultaneous nuclear builder abroad; 2nd in uranium reserves and 5th in uranium mining; 4th in nuclear electricity generation, while providing 40 percent of the world uranium enrichment services and 17 percent of the world nuclear fuel market.

Rosatom is also tasked to fulfil Russia’s international obligations in the field of the peaceful uses of atomic energy and nuclear non-proliferation regime.

The Ministry for Atomic Energy of the Russian Federation, or MinAtom, was established on January 29, 1992 as a successor of the Ministry of Nuclear Engineering and Industry of the USSR. It was reorganised as the Federal Agency on Atomic Energy on March 9, 2004. According to the law adopted by the Russian parliament in November 2007 and signed by the President Putin in early December, the agency was transformed into a state corporation.

Today Russia’s nuclear industry constitutes a powerful complex of over 200 enterprises and organisations employing over 250 thousand people. Industry structure includes four large-scale research and production complexes: enterprises of nuclear fuel cycle, nuclear power engineering, nuclear weapons application, and research institutes. JSC Atomenergoprom, which consolidates the civilian part of the nuclear industry, is a part of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation. Rosatom unites a number of enterprises of nuclear power engineering, as well as of nuclear and radiation safety, nuclear weapons complex, and fundamental research.

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