Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday (Jul 14) said the Rooppur nuclear power plant is being constructed with taking full security measures, adding the design of the plant has been developed in such a way that it will not succumb to any accident – natural or man-made. Highest measures are being undertaken to avoid any sort of risk for the people, she said, adding that Russian Federation will take back spent nuclear fuel of the plant and a deal has been signed in this regard.
The PM said this while addressing a gathering on the occasion of the First Concrete Pouring Ceremony of the Second Unit of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant at Rooppur in Pabna.
Sheikh Hasina hoped that the Rooppur nuclear power plant would play an important role in the journey to turn Bangladesh into a middle income country. She said electricity is a key element for socio-economic development and adequate and reliable supply of electricity is an important prerequisite for attracting both domestic and foreign investment.
The government has taken steps to reach electricity to all citizens and various productive sectors as electricity is in the priority list of the demand of the people.
Russian Federation deputy prime minister f Yury Ivanovich Borisov attended the function as the special guest with minister for science and technology Yafes Osman in the chair.
First director general of Rosatam Laxin Alexander, director of International Atomic Energy Agency Dohee Hohn spoke, among others, on the occasion while secretary of ministry of science and technology Md Anwar Hossain gave welcome address with an overview of the power plant.
Cabinet members, PM’s advisors, officials of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority, senior atomic energy officials of India, Chiefs of three services and senior civil and military officials were present.
Sheikh Hasina conveyed her gratitude to the Russian government and its people for extending their support to the project.
With the first concrete pouring of the second unit, Sheikh Hasina hoped that construction of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant will be completed within the stipulated time and Bangladesh would become 33rd country of atomic energy club.
First Concrete of the First Unit of Rooppur nuclear power plant was poured on November 30, 2017 and in last seven months, the work of the first unit made a good progress.
Sheikh Hasina said in order to have a sustainable power supply, her government, in the energy policy, has laid importance on alternative sources of energy like solar power, nuclear power, wind energy, etc. alongside fossil fuels.
As part of a master plan of the electricity producing, the government has taken decision for commissioning the Rooppur nuclear power plant with total capacity of producing 2,400 megawatts of electricity by 2023-2024.
- Source: News agencies