Bangladesh nuclear infrastructure development action plan approved

Top Quote Russia-Bangladesh workgroup of joint coordination committee for implementing Bangladesh nuclear power programme has adopted action plan for nuclear infrastructure development in Bangladesh for next two years. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) February 21, 2015 - The workgroup met in Dhaka from January 13th to 15th. More than 40 experts from Russia and Bangladesh discussed various areas of nuclear infrastructure development.

    Two documents were signed: action plan for the nuclear infrastructure development and Bangladesh nuclear power communication strategy.

    The action plans address the 19 IAEA guidelines as well as needs of Bangladesh and include best practices of Russian nuclear power industry that celebrates 70 year anniversary in 2015. Action plan for the nuclear infrastructure development includes many important steps Bangladesh needs to undertake in order to achieve goals of Nuclear Power Programme: nuclear safety, human resources, site selection and installation support, management, legislative and regulatory framework, electrical network, funding and financing, planning for emergencies, nuclear fuel cycle, radioactive waste management.

    Bangladesh nuclear power communication strategy addresses needs to inform and educate people of Bangladesh and Rooppur in particular about basics of nuclear energy, its benefits, safety, eco-friendliness and cost effectiveness.

    Head of Bangladesh delegation and co-chair of the workgroup, Rabindranath Roy Chowdhury, Joint Secretary of Bangladesh Ministry of Science and Technology said: "The documents we signed are a positive step toward implementing nuclear power programme for Bangladesh. Nuclear infrastructure is a vital pre-condition for establishing nuclear power plant in the country. I am happy that we are proceeding steadily towards our dream".

    His Russian counterpart Yury Sokolov, Director of Department on international scientific and technical cooperation of "Rosenergoatom", power generation company of "Rosatom", added: "With our long experience in the nuclear industry we have worked out with Bangladeshi partners the action plans which I believe completely correspond to their needs and at the same time the guidelines set by IAEA".

    The first meeting of Russain-Bangladesh joint coordination committee for implementing Bangladesh nuclear power programme took place in Moscow on July 22-23, 2014 and has co-chaired by Director General of Rosatom Sergey Kirienko and State Minister for Science of Technology of Bangladesh Mr. Yeafesh Osman. The committee raised issues related to the practical needs of Bangladesh side to grow the national capacity to manage the national nuclear power programme and NPP project, including appropriate consulting services and training to become "a competent customer".

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