India to collaborate with Russia for Bangladesh nuclear power plant

Sep 23, 2017 08:43 IST

India announced a collaboration with Russia on 20 September 2017 to build a nuclear plant in Bangladesh.

The move is the first initiative under the Indo-Russia deal to undertake atomic energy projects in the third-world nations. It will also be India's first atomic energy venture abroad.

The information was shared by Atomic Energy Commission chairman Sekhar Basu at the 61st general conference of the global nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)."We are collaborating with our Russian and Bangladeshi partners on establishing Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Bangladesh," he said.

Key Highlights

• The Roppur project, which is being built near Dhaka, will be Bangladesh's first atomic energy project.

• After commissioning of two units, each with a capacity of 1200 MWs, Bangladesh will be the third South Asian country after India and Pakistan to harness energy from atomic fission.

• In India, the government has approved construction of 10 new indigenously built nuclear power projects.

• With this, the total number of reactors would go up to 21 under construction and 22 in operation, which in turn will increase the country’s atomic energy capacity to over 22,000 MW by the end of next decade.

• The Department of Atomic Energy is also stepping up exploration and mining operations for uranium production in India to cater to the needs of the country's expanding nuclear power programme.

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According to the December 2014 'Strategic Vision for Strengthening Cooperation in Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy' between India and Russia, the "two sides will explore opportunities for sourcing materials, equipment and services from Indian industry for the construction of the Russian- designed nuclear power plants in third countries".

India signed a civil nuclear cooperation deal, along with two more agreements, with Bangladesh in April 2017 under which the two sides can supply and manufacture equipment, material for the atomic power plant.

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