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First concrete poured at the Rooppur NPP construction site

Ceremony of pouring the “first concrete” to the foundation slab of Unit 1 of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) took place at Iswardi of Pabna district in Bangladesh on Thursday.

The event was attended by Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina and Director General of ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation Alexey Likhachev.

“With the pouring of first concrete of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant begins the realization of anotherdream. We enter the nuclear world, which is a matter of great pride and honor for us as a nation, we are grateful to Russia and Russian people for this” – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said.

“The plant is being built with the help of Russia using so far the most modern technology. To ensure the safety we are following the guideline of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).”

“Today we are not only beginning construction of the facility with lifecycle not less than 100 years, but at the same time further cementing foundation of friendship and cooperation for us and our children and grandchildren. Similar plant with the innovative VVER-1200 reactors is already operational in Russia. We will pay as much attention and care to the construction of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Bangladesh as we do in Russia,” Alexey Likhachev, Director General of ROSATOM, noted.

For Russia the construction of a new NPP means new orders for Russian nuclear companies, increasing the share of high-technology export and creating new jobs in Russia. 12,000 Russian specialists: designers, engineers, equipment makers, builders, and power engineers will be involved in the construction. At present, the foreign orders portfolio of ROSATOM includes 34 nuclear power units in 12 world countries.

The development of nuclear power will be beneficial for the Bangladeshi economy as well, give the impetus to development of science and technology, and create new jobs. Maximum production of power in Bangladesh now is slightly more than 4,000 MW. The Rooppur NPP units will contribute substantially to the country s enenrgy security.