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Dhaka – Defending the high cost of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant project (RNPP), Chairman of the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEA) Engineer M Ali Zulquarnain on Monday said safety issues have been ensured in the country’s first-ever nuclear power project and the ‘safety has got its value’, unb news agency reported.
“Many may say the project has been a costlier one, but safety has got its value,” he told reporters responding to different questions on safety and security of the nuclear power technology at a seminar in the city.He believes that ensuring safety issues in Ropppur NPP costs the project high.
Bangladesh has signed a $12.65 billion contract in December last year with Russia to set up a 2400 MW nuclear power plant in Rooppur. In addition, Russia has charged $550 million for the plant design and conducting a feasibility study.
Many nuclear power plant experts, including Buet professor M Tamim and PDB’s former Chief Engineer (Planning) Mizanur Rahman, found this cost higher compared to similar capacity plants in different countries.
Russia’s State Corporation-Rosatom in association with Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), BAEC, Russian Atomstroyexport (ASE) organised the round able conference, titled ‘Nuclear Power Project : Environmental and Safety Aspects’, at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novotheater.
Russian expert Ilya Platonov made a presentation at the seminar. Its South Asian communication manager Arkady Karneev also spoke at the function.
BAEC chairman Zulquarnain said the proposed Russian nuclear reactor of VER 1200 will have ‘passive safety system’ which ensures automatic shutdown of the plant in the case of any accident.
Describing his 30 years of experience in BAEC’s Savar nuclear centre where a small reactor remained in operation for research work, he said Russian nuclear technology has been proven to be safer one as many countries have set up nuclear power plants with Russian technology.
He, however, said many new technologies are coming up in nuclear power plants offering safety features. “So, there’ll be no problem in the coming days in setting up such plants in urban populated areas as well.”
Zulquarnain said neighbouring India has planned to set up a huge number of nuclear power plants having total capacity of 64,000 MW by 2030.
He said Russia will take back the spent fuel of the Rooppur plant which radio active radiation is high and 96 percent of spent fuel is capable of recycling.
The riverine route will be used to transport the spent fuel and also heavy equipment of the plant.
Platonov said the management of spent fuel is part of nuclear power plant operation.
He also claimed that nuclear power technology is an environment-friendly one for its low carbon emission.
Rosatom organised a photography exhibition, titled ‘The Ecology Around NPP’, by a renowned Hungarian Photographer Balint Vincze at the Novotheater.High nuke plant cost for safety precautions, roundtable told
Dhaka – Defending the high cost of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant project (RNPP), Chairman of the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEA) Engineer M Ali Zulquarnain on Monday said safety issues have been ensured in the country’s first-ever nuclear power project and the ‘safety has got its value’, unb news agency reported.
“Many may say the project has been a costlier one, but safety has got its value,” he told reporters responding to different questions on safety and security of the nuclear power technology at a seminar in the city.
He believes that ensuring safety issues in Ropppur NPP costs the project high.
Bangladesh has signed a $12.65 billion contract in December last year with Russia to set up a 2400 MW nuclear power plant in Rooppur. In addition, Russia has charged $550 million for the plant design and conducting a feasibility study.
Many nuclear power plant experts, including Buet professor M Tamim and PDB’s former Chief Engineer (Planning) Mizanur Rahman, found this cost higher compared to similar capacity plants in different countries.
Russia’s State Corporation-Rosatom in association with Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), BAEC, Russian Atomstroyexport (ASE) organised the round able conference, titled ‘Nuclear Power Project : Environmental and Safety Aspects’, at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novotheater.
Russian expert Ilya Platonov made a presentation at the seminar. Its South Asian communication manager Arkady Karneev also spoke at the function.
BAEC chairman Zulquarnain said the proposed Russian nuclear reactor of VER 1200 will have ‘passive safety system’ which ensures automatic shutdown of the plant in the case of any accident.
Describing his 30 years of experience in BAEC’s Savar nuclear centre where a small reactor remained in operation for research work, he said Russian nuclear technology has been proven to be safer one as many countries have set up nuclear power plants with Russian technology.
He, however, said many new technologies are coming up in nuclear power plants offering safety features. “So, there’ll be no problem in the coming days in setting up such plants in urban populated areas as well.”
Zulquarnain said neighbouring India has planned to set up a huge number of nuclear power plants having total capacity of 64,000 MW by 2030.
He said Russia will take back the spent fuel of the Rooppur plant which radio active radiation is high and 96 percent of spent fuel is capable of recycling.
The riverine route will be used to transport the spent fuel and also heavy equipment of the plant.
Platonov said the management of spent fuel is part of nuclear power plant operation.
He also claimed that nuclear power technology is an environment-friendly one for its low carbon emission.
Rosatom organised a photography exhibition, titled ‘The Ecology Around NPP’, by a renowned Hungarian Photographer Balint Vincze at the Novotheater.

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