Russia keeps equipment shipment from Rooppur plant uninterrupted

Russia continues to deliver equipment without interruption for the Rooppur nuclear power plant (NPP) in Bangladesh.

A cargo ship with a new batch of equipment for the Rooppur nuclear power plant on board recently left the Russian port of St. Petersburg, Rosatom said in a statement on Tuesday.

Rosatom, working as a Russian contractor for the Rooppur nuclear power plant, said the equipment for units one and two of Bangladesh’s first-ever nuclear power plant comprises 1,300 items weighing 1,573 tons.

The cargo is expected to be delivered to the nuclear power plant site in June, according to the statement.

“Despite the international situation, our division as the general contractor for the construction of the Rooppur nuclear power plant is fulfilling all its obligations, both in terms of construction and the supply of equipment,” said Alexey Deriy, project manager of construction of the Rooppur nuclear power station.

The Rooppur nuclear power plant will be equipped with two Russian VVER-1200 reactors with a total capacity of 2,400 MW.

It is a scalable Generation III+ design that is fully compliant with all international safety requirements.

Rosatom State Corporation’s engineering division is the general designer and general contractor for the project, Rosatom said.

According to the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, the authority responsible for implementing the project, the first unit of the plant was to start in 2022 and the second in 2024.

But recently, the deadline for the operation of the first unit was extended to 2024 and that of the second unit a year later.

Leon E. Hill