Ruppur Nuclear Power Plant

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Coordinates: 24°03′58″N 89°02′49″E / 24.066°N 89.047°E / 24.066; 89.047 Ruppur Nuclear Power Plant is a proposed 2,000 megawatt (MW) nuclear power plant of Bangladesh. It will go into operation by 2020 and will be the country's first nuclear power plant.

Location[edit]

The nuclear power plant will be built at Ruppur, 200 km north-west of Dhaka, in the Ishwardi sub district of Pabna District, in the northwest of the country.[1]

History[edit]

The proposal was first raised in 1961. Government took 253.90 acre of land of current place at that year to build the plant. In 1963 the plant was approved. Discussions took place with the Canadian government in 1964 and 1966. Discussions with the governments of Sweden and Norway were also going on in those years. However, no real progress was achieved. After the independence of Bangladesh, the Government of Bangladesh started discussion with the Soviet Union in 1974 however, which didn't reach any understanding. Finally, in 2009 the Bangladesh government again started discussion with the Russian government and on 13 February the two governments signed a MoU. Construction is scheduled to start by 2013. Rosatom said they would start construction by 2013.[2][3][4][5][6]

In 2013 group of Bangladeshi scientists from Bangladesh and the global diaspora voiced profound concern over the safety and economic viability of the plant.[7] Several separate issues were raised, from the unsuitability of the site to the obsolescence of the VVER-1000 model[citation needed] proposed, questionable financing arrangements and a lack of agreement with Russia over nuclear waste disposal.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Russian loan for Rooppur construction". World Nuclear News. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Mahbub, Sumon (15 January 2013). "N-plant funding deal cut". bdnews24. 
  3. ^ "PM seeks more Russian investment in ICT sector". The News Today. 15 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Collaboration in defence, telecom agreed upon". The News Today. 15 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bangladesh agrees nuclear power deal with Russia". BBC News. 2 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Bangladesh to Get $1Bln Loan for Weapons". The Moscow Times. 16 January 2013.  (subscription required)
  7. ^ [1], Voice for Justice World Forum, 30 June 2013[dead link]