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Work to begin on Bangladeshi nuclear plant

Rosatom will begin preconstruction on the $2bn 2000 MW Rooppur nuclear power plant in Bangladesh in early August.

The Vodo-Vodyanoi Energetichesky Reactor (VVER), a Russian version of the Pressurised Water Reactor, is to be used in the project.

Russian State Atomic Energy Commission (ROSATOM) will build, operate and provide fuel to the plant and take its waste back to Russia regularly.

Experts of the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) will conduct tests along with the Russian state atomic company.

The tests will include feasibility evaluation (FE), environment impact assessment (EIA), development and engineering survey, development of the comprehensive programme of engineering survey, anthropogenic conditions at the project area and site, and engineering and hydro-meteorological survey, an expert at BAEC told the Financial Express.

Bangladesh plans to produce 1,000 MW of electricity by June 2017 and another 1,000 MW by 2023 from the NPP.

The authorities concerned have also planned to increase power generation from the plant to 4,000 MW by 2030, said officials at the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB).

The BAEC, which will implement the NPP, will soon recruit some 1,700 staff including 500 scientists and engineers to monitor the plant.

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