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Staff Correspondent || shiningbd

Published: 11:56, 21 October 2020   Update: 11:57, 21 October 2020
Main equipment of RNPP arrives in Bangladesh

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Important parts of the first unit of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) have reached the country from Russia after traveling about 14,000 kilometers. This shipment includes the main parts of Nuclear Power Plant; a nuclear reactor and a steam generator.

The Petrozavodskmash branch of Russia’s AEM-Technologies has begun shipping the housings of the main circulation pumps for unit 1 of the Rooppur nuclear power plant in Bangladesh.

The equipment was delivered by road to St Petersburg, where it will be loaded onto a ship for transportation to the port in Bangladesh.

On 14 October, ZiO-Podolsk (also part of Atomenergomash) said it had manufactured and shipped a set of key equipment for unit 2 of the Rooppur nuclear plant. This included two tanks of the emergency core cooling system (ECCS) and two high-pressure heaters PVD-K-5 and PVD-K-6. The total weight of the equipment shipped for was about 400t.

According to the Bangladeshi Ministry of Science and Technology, the shipment has reached the outer port of Mongla seaport in Bangladesh after crossing about 14,000 kilometers from Russia's Volga river by sea at 11 am on Monday. From there, the parts arrived at Mongla port at 4 pm on Tuesday.

Atomenergomash is a supplier of all equipment for the reactor compartment and a significant part of the equipment in the turbine hall for the Rooppur NPP, which is being built by Rosatom with two VVER-1200 reactors. Rooppur 1 is currently scheduled to start operating in 2023, followed by Rooppur 2 a year later.