The Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) project on Saturday formally received the design and construction license for its 2,400 MW nuclear power project from Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA), reports UNB.
BAERA chairman Naiyyum Chowdhury formally handed over the license to the chairman of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) Dilip Kumar Saha for RNPP project at a function at Sonargaon Hotel in the city.
The BAEC has been implementing the 2,400 RNPP project at a cost of $12.65 billion. Russian nuclear agency Rosatom is working as its contractor.
Addressing the function as chief guest, science and technology minister Yeafesh Osman said through this licence, Bangladesh has entered the global nuclear club.
In the function, science and technology secretary Anwar Hossain informed prime minister Sheikh Hasina is set to inaugurate the construction work of the final phase of the RNPP project on 30 November.
The final phase work includes the civil construction for setting up the nuclear reactor.
The function, with BAERA chairman Naiyyum Chowdhury in the chair, was also addressed by prime minister’s economic advisor Mashiur Rahman, parliamentary standing committee chairman of science and technology ministry Ruhul Haque, PM’s SDG chief coordinator Abul Kalam Azad and science and technology secretary Anwar Hossain.
Yeafesh Osman said through receiving the licence Bangladesh has become a nuclear nation.
He said this has been a confidence building project of the nation.
“From tomorrow, we will start the final phase of the project. We are pursuing the best process of safety,” he said.
He seeks blessing and cooperation of the people for its smooth implementation.
“After liberation, it has been the biggest task for the nation”, Yeafesh Osman added.
The minister said the government has successfully reached a certain point in way to the construction of RNPP project.
“We are going through a transparent process and this is our main strength,” he said.
He said it is not nearly a power generation project; rather it is a symbol of an inner power of a nation.
BEARA chairman Naiyyum Chowdhury said, “Whenever the regulatory commission finds any shortcomings in the construction work, we will ask for correction.”
He said nuclear regulation is must for success of a nuclear power project. In this case, the BEARA will never compromise with safety issues in the RNPP.
Project director of the RNPP Shawkat Akbar also spoke on the occasion.