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Bangladesh receives from Russia nuclear fuel for electricity

Dhaka, Oct 5 (Prensa Latina) Bangladesh officially received the fuel from Russia for the production of electricity at the Rooppur nuclear power plant, the first in the South Asian nation.

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, and President Vladimir Putin participated through digital platforms in the ceremony of delivery of the Certificate and Nuclear Fuel Model by the general director of the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation, Rosatom, Aleksey Likhachev, to the Minister of Science and Technology, Yeafesh Osman.

In the virtual presence of the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, the Russian President emphasized that the two countries, with the construction of Rooppur, established a new sector for the use of this fuel for peaceful purposes.

The uranium, which arrived in Bangladesh from Russia on September 28, was produced at the Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant (NCCP), a subsidiary of Tevel, Rosatom’s manufacturing company. Rosatom, as a Russian contractor, was involved in the construction of the Rooppur nuclear power plant, which includes two units of 1,200 megawatts capacity each.

According to project details, Dhaka expects to commission the first unit in September 2024 and the second in mid-2025.

With Rooppur in operation, Bangladesh will be the 33rd country in the world to use uranium nuclear power, part of the government’s commitment to ensure energy security in the country, according to the local press.

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