About 27.3 m (wall) construction work has been completed from the bottom of the core catcher of Unit-1 of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant to the bottom of the Reactor Maintenance Hall. Engineer Ashraful Islam, site director of the project, confirmed.
“We have taken all possible steps to achieve the 2020 construction target,” said Sergei Lastoskin, director of the Russian side of the power plant project and vice-president of the ASEEC JSC.
He added that the staff of the construction company Trust Rosem LLC from the bottom of the core catcher of Unit-1 of the power plant to the bottom of the reactor maintenance hall Í about 26.3 meters of work has been completed ahead of schedule and construction of the project is progressing smoothly.
The cavity wall adjacent to the reactor carries the primary protection inside the reactor compartment and its entire load. The next step is to complete the construction of the floor at a height of 26.3 meters. Once this is done, only PNSC experts at Energo Spets will be able to place other heavy equipment, including reactor vessels, at designated locations.
VVER-1200 model reactors are being installed in two units of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant. Total power generation capacity is 2400 MW. According to the agreement and design signed between Bangladesh and Russia on December 25, 2015, this nuclear power plant is being constructed at Rooppur in Ishwardi of Pabna district. The contractor for this construction is AtmastroExport (Rosatom’s engineering branch).
The VVER 1200 reactor is being successfully used in two units at the Novovoronezh nuclear power plant in Russia. This state-of-the-art third-generation reactor is built to full international safety standards.
The site director of the project also said that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority are closely monitoring every step of the construction of the Ruppur nuclear power plant.