Bangladesh has signed a deal with Russia to set up the country’s first nuclear power plant to generate 2 GW of electricity.
According to Reuters, two reactors, each with a capacity of 1000 MW, will be built at Rooppur in the northwest at a cost of around $2bn, with completion expected by 2017/18.
Russian state company Rosatom will supply fuel for the reactors, process spent fuel and subsequently help decommission the plant, the officials said. Bangladesh has turned to nuclear to deal with power shortages that often stir public anger and are widely cited as a barrier to foreign investment in the impoverished country.
The country faces a shortfall of 2 GW, resulting in frequent power cuts and economic losses estimated at nearly $1bn a year.
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