New Delhi: India’s first atomic energy venture abroad will take off on November 30 with the ‘first pouring of concrete’ for the Rooppur Nuclear Plant in Bangladesh.
The highpoint of Bangladesh’s first nuclear energy project is India’s collaboration with Russia to help build the plant.
Once the project is completed, Bangladesh will become the third Asian country after India and Pakistan to harness energy from atomic fission.
Dhaka informed New Delhi about its plan to hold the ceremony on the last day of this month in Rooppur on the eastern banks of the Ganga in Pabna district, 169 km from Bangladesh’s capital.
New Delhi will have role in “training of personnel and consultancy” in the initial phase and all equipment will be provided by the Russians, officials privy to the developments said.
This is in line with a civil nuclear cooperation deal India signed along with two other agreements with Bangladesh.
Roppur power park will have two Water-Water Energetic Reactor (pressurised water reactor units) of 1200 MW each, built by Russian company Rosatom.
Russia will also provide major financial assistance as well as the fuel for the two reactors that are expected to go critical in 2022 and 2023.
But subsequently, the plan is for India and Russia to collaborate for joint ventures in equipment manufacturing in accordance with their ‘strategic vision for strengthening cooperation in peaceful uses of atomic energy’ agreed upon in December 2014.