Progress in Building Bangladesh's Nuclear Infrastructure

Billboards promoting Bangladesh's 'nuclear dream' and announcing the ceremony held on 2 October 2013 at Rooppur.
(Photo: BAEC)

2013-10-11│ A recent IAEA mission to Bangladesh on the country's new nuclear power programme came away with the view that Bangladesh has responded well to the IAEA recommendations made during an Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission in February 2012.

The IAEA team met with senior officials and experts from the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) and the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA) in Dhaka to review and update the IAEA/Bangladesh Integrated Work Plan for nuclear power infrastructure development.

An Integrated Work Plan provides the framework for defining all IAEA assistance to national nuclear power development activities, tailored to national needs and reflecting national plans as well as recommendations from IAEA missions.

Progress made since the 2012 INIR mission included, for example, that Bangladesh promulgated nuclear law and established an independent regulatory body. In addition, a construction project management organization for the first nuclear power plant was established and started its work.

The IAEA team also attended a ceremony at Rooppur, chosen as site of Bangladesh's first nuclear power plant, to mark the beginning of the project. 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.

Inaugurating the project, Prime Minister Seikh Hasina stated that her government has given top priority to cover all issues in developing an appropriate nuclear infrastructure based on IAEA standards and guidance, and international good practices.

In a message, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano extended his congratulations to the Government and people of Bangladesh. "Bangladesh has been working hard for several decades to prepare for the introduction of nuclear power. The IAEA has been a partner at every stage of the journey," the message said, which was delivered by Oscar Acuna of the IAEA Department of Technical Cooperation.

There is still considerable work to be done before the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant is completed and connected to the grid. The IAEA is ready to assist in the development of the nuclear power infrastructure to ensure a safe, secure, responsible and sustainable project.