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India and Russia to build Bangladesh nuclear power plant

India’s first nuclear power project on foreign soil will be a collaboration with Russia on a plant in Bangladesh, the chair of the country’s nuclear watchdog said this week.

Dr Sekhar Basu said the two countries will build the 2.4 GW Rooppur plant in Bangladesh’s northwestern region under a 2014 agreement to work together on third-country nuclear projects.

The first of the plant’s two pressurized water reactors (PWR) is planned to come online in 2023, with the second estimated at 2024-5.  

Rosatom will build and maintain the plant, supply fuel and accept 22.5 tonnes of spent fuel per year from each reactor according to a draft agreement signed in March.

Rosatom is also developing a programme to train workers for the project, according to Bangladeshi energy sector magazine Energy & Power. 

Meanwhile, under the terms of their collaboration, Russia and India will seek to source materials, equipment and services from Indian industry.

For Bangladesh, the project will be its first nuclear power installation.