Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 17-Alexey Likhachev, Director General of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation met with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed in the People's Republic of Bangladesh. During the meeting, the Parties discussed issues of bilateral cooperation while development and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
The delegation visited Rooppur NPP, the site for construction of the first Nuclear Power Plant in Bangladesh. Members of the delegation inspected the facilities under construction and visited Green City, the township for the Russian specialists.
"A good pace of construction has been set. I am glad that our specialists have the opportunity to live, engage in leisure activities and receive medical care in a specially built micro-district, " -Alexey Likhachev said after visiting the NPP construction site.
In the course of the visit the Parties signed a package of documents, providing for further cooperation in the field of nuclear power. In particular, the Parties signed a Protocol on amending the Intergovernmental Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh on construction of the Nuclear Power Plant in Bangladesh in terms of cooperation between the Parties for rendering assistance in operation, maintenance and repair of Rooppur NPP. The Protocol was signed by Mr. Alexey Likhachev, Director General of Rosatom State Corporation and H.E. Yeafesh Osman, Hon’ble Minister of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
The Protocol confirms the right of the Bangladeshi Party to engage Russian organization on a long term basis to render assistance in operation, maintenance and repair of Rooppur NPP Unit 1 and 2 and supply the equipment, consumables and spare parts as well as to provide services on training of the operating and maintenance personnel during NPP operation . Based on this Protocol Rosatom State Corporation will be able to carry out maintenance, operational support and repair works at Rooppur NPP in the framework of assistance to the Bangladeshi Party in ensuring the operation of Rooppur NPP throughout its life cycle.
In addition, in presence of Mr. Alexey Likhachev, Director General of Rosatom State Corporation, and H.E. Yeafesh Osman, Hon’ble Minister of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, TVEL JSC and the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission signed a complete package of annexes to the Contract for supply of the nuclear fuel for Rooppur NPP. The Contract is valid until the end of the life cycle of both Rooppur NPP Power Units. Rooppur NPP will be the first Nuclear Power Plant to be built abroad based on the generation III+ design (NPP-2006) that will operate with 18-months fuel cycle.
During the visit, meetings were also held with H.E. Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen, Hon’ble Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh and H.E. Yeafesh Osman, Hon’ble Minister of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.