Bangladesh to start work on first nuclear reactor next month: minister via Reuters


Bangladesh has been planning to build nuclear plants since the 1960s but a lack of support and other factors have delayed the much-needed project in a country known for frequent power cuts.

Two nuclear reactors, each with 1,100 megawatts of capacity are being built by Russia’s Rosatom, which is also funding 90 percent of the costs, Yeafesh Osman told Reuters on the sidelines of a nuclear conference in Abu Dhabi.

Russia has already built two VVER reactors in neighboring India, at Kudankulam and is planning to build two more.

Nuclear power will contribute about 10 percent of the country’s energy mix when both reactors are ready. Currently, Bangladesh relies on hydro, coal and expensive gas to meet the country’s surging power needs.

Bangladesh has plans to continue with its nuclear power program by building two more reactors in the short-term, Osman said, without giving details.

The director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited the site and has given the thumbs-up for the project, he added.



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