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Developments in the Nuclear Sector

Currently no NPPs

Currently no NPPs are operating in Bangladesh

Planned NPP in Rooppur never built

Bangladesh first started looking into building a nuclear power plant in the early 1960s and a site at Rooppur in Pabna district was selected in 1963. Although a proposal for a 125 MWe nuclear power plant received government approval in 1980, the plant was never built.

Plans about NPP in Rooppur revived
However, with growing demand and grid capacity, the country's government revived plans to build at Rooppur, adopting a national Nuclear Power Action Plan in 2001. Over recent years it has signed a nuclear cooperation agreement with China, as well as continuing discussions with Russia and China.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has approved a Technical Assistance Project for Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant to be initiated between 2009 and 2011, and it now appears that a 600 MWe plant is envisaged. Government plans foresee an operating plant at Rooppur by 2017.

2009, Aug: Nuclear new-built still planned

"Authorities in Bangladesh continue to plan and prepare to introduce nuclear power, but deny they have reached terms with Russia's Rosatom atomic energy corporation to build the reactor.

Mohammed Muzammel Haque, chief engineer at the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC), claims Bangladesh has opted to build a 1100 MWe plant. But neither the time frame for completion nor the technology supplier for the long-planned plant at Rooppur, western Bangladesh plant have been decided. "