The construction work of the Unit-2 of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) is now in full swing. Pouring of concrete for the foundation of the turbine hall slab at the Unit-2 of RNPP was completed on 6th August. The concrete works of the foundation slab required a total amount of 3,782 tons of rebars and 23,550 cubic meters of concrete.
Earlier, the concrete works of the turbine hall foundation slab of Unit-1 of RNPP were completed on 30 January of this year. First concrete for the Unit-1 of RNPP was poured in November 2017, while that of Unit-2 was poured in July 2018.
Sergey Lastochkin, the Vice-President of the RNPP construction
project said in a press notice that this is an important stage of construction that will be followed by the erection of walls of the turbine hall. The turbine hall will accommodate both the turbine and the steam generator. Gaseous or liquid coolant substances will carry the heat produced at the core of the reactor to the steam generator; The thermal energy carried by the coolant agents will then generate steam which will force the turbine to rotate, thus the mechanical energy of steam will generate electricity through the turbine rotation. The generated electricity will then be transmitted to distant areas and then distributed to the consumers using electric lines.
RNPP is located in Pabna district of Bangladesh which is 160 km away from the capital of the country. The RNPP will have a gross generation capacity of 2400 MW and it will comprise of two Russian VVER-1200 reactors (generation 3+) each having a capacity of 1200 MW, with active and passive safety systems enabled in both.
Science and Technology Secretary Anwar Hossain said to Energy Bangla that the installation progress of the RNPP is right on schedule. The first unit of the RNPP is expected to be commissioned in 2023 and the second one is to be operational from 2024.
Each and every step of the construction of the RNPP is closely monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and by the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA). Recently, Bangladesh has signed a deal with Russia to purchase nuclear fuel and this deal has secured lifetime nuclear fuel (Uranium) supply to the RNPP project.