A high power Bangladesh delegation led by Architect Yeafesh Osman, Minister for Science and Technology visited the Volgodonsk Branch of JSC AEM-technology in Russia on August 27, 2019. Main purpose of the visit was to become familiar with the manufacturing process of Reactors and Steam Generators for the two units of the under construction Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Bangladesh. JSC AEM-technology, a company of the machine-building division of the State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM is engaged in manufacturing of reactors with all internals equipment and sets of Steam Generators for Rooppur project.
S. M. Saiful Hoque, Bangladeshi Ambassador to Russia and senior officials from the Ministry and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) were in the delegation among others.
The delegation visited the main workshops, where the Reactor Pressure Vessels and Steam Generators are being manufactured. They took interest in the manufactured equipment and saw for themselves the welding process of Reactor Vessel for Unit-1 of Rooppur NPP. The members of the delegation were briefed about the manufacturing process of equipment of first class safety category. They also saw the cooling process of a Steam Generator at the clean assembly section.
Praising the skill and professionalism of engineers and workers of the plant Yeafesh Osman said, “I’m convinced that the time allocated for implementation of Rooppur NPP is being utilized most effectively, and there is no issue with the quality of work. We are absolutely sure that Bangladesh will have a perfect and high quality nuclear power plant”.
The Rooppur NPP is designed and being constructed by ROSATOM. The plant will host two units with generation 3 plus VVER-1200 reactors, and will have a life cycle of 60 years with a provision of extending by another 20 years. Each unit will have an electricity generation capacity of 1200 MW. First unit 1 is expected to be commissioned in 2023 and the second in 2024.