Bangladesh Joins INPRO as 40th Member
Feb 12, 2014
The IAEA is welcoming Bangladesh as the 40th Member of the International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO). The country will be represented through the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission.
Mr Faisal Kabir, Director of the International Affairs Division at the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, informed the IAEA that the Government of Bangladesh has decided to apply for membership in INPRO.
“I would like to express the IAEA’s appreciation for the interest in, and support of INPRO expressed by the Government of Bangladesh”, said Mr Alexander Bychkov, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy. “We welcome Bangladesh as a member of INPRO”.
Mr Bychkov invited Bangladesh to consider performing a Nuclear Energy System Assessment (NESA) using the INPRO methodology as part of the national long-range nuclear energy strategy development of Bangladesh. “The IAEA would be ready to provide support through a NESA support package, including training, capacity building and expert support for preparing and evaluating the study”, said DDG Bychkov. He also invited Bangladesh to contribute to the project in kind by nominating a cost-free expert to work in the INPRO Group at the IAEA.
Bangladesh is embarking on a nuclear power programme and plans to build the country’s first nuclear power plant at the Rooppur site. Construction is scheduled to start in 2016. The plant will generate 2000 megawatt electricity when completed in 2021. Rosatom, the State Atomic Energy Corporation of the Russian Federation, will build, operate and provide fuel for the plant.