Govt to make 2nd nuclear power plant
The government is now working to set up a second nuclear power plant in the country keeping 60,000MW of electricity by 2041 in mind.
Already, a project to look for a suitable location for the power plant has been approved and the survey work will continue till June 2019.
According to sources at the Ministry of Science and Technology, the government wants the second nuclear power plant to be set up in the southern region of the country
"We have taken initiatives to survey 15 short-listed districts in the country's southern region. For this, already a letter has been sent to the district administration querying various types of information," Dr ASM Mizanur Rahman, project director and chief scientific officer of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, told Bangladesh Post.
“Government wants to 2 to 4 nuclear power plant in an area. That is why we need 2,000 acres of land. We have already received information from few districts, such as Patuakhali, Barguna, Bagerhat, Barishal and Noakhali, in this regard. We are working on them,” he added.
Along with site selection, the project also aims to gather information and data regarding hydro-geological, seismological, geological, geotechnical, environmental, and other factors related to natural calamities.
Sources said, already Chinese company CMEC had showed interest to build new nuclear power plant with sufficient funds and technological expertise in this regard.
Talking to Bangladesh Post, sources at CMEC said they will use state-of-the-art technology, which will be much superior than the technologies being used by Russia for the Rooppur plant.
It was also learnt that foreign funds were also ready to finance the new power project.
Bangladesh is the 32nd member of the world nuclear club through the start of the main construction work of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the original construction work of the country's first nuclear power plant at Rooppur, Pabna in December last year. Meanwhile, the premier also announced the construction of another nuclear power plant in the southern part of the country.
The Rooppur mega project is being implemented by state-run Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) under the Science and Technology Ministry, with financial, technical and technological support from Russia's state nuclear agency, Rosatom.
In terms of financial considerations, it is the country's largest project.
On November 2011, the government signed a deal with Rosatom to construct the nuclear plant on 262 acres of land in Rooppur.
Construction of the Rooppur nuclear power plant will consist of two power units with a capacity of 1,200 MW each. The two units is planned to be commissioned in 2023 and 2024.
Project officials say that Russia's innovative (3-plus generation) VVER 1200 technology will be used in Rooppur nuclear power project. There is no risk of any kind of accidental power generation due to the five- special security level.
There will also be an automatic security system for the Russian technology. Even if there is an unexpected accident, radioactive materials from the plant will spill out and harm the public.
Nuclear power plants are being constructed in a number of countries except Bangladesh. The country's first nuclear power plant will be opened in 2018. In addition, the work of nuclear power projects in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arab, Turkey and Egypt is underway.