Construction of first nuclear power plant in Bangladesh now underway
APDHAKA, Bangladesh--Bangladesh has begun work on its first nuclear power plant, which is to have two Russian-designed reactors and cost up to US$4 billion.
October 4, 2013, 12:17 am TWN
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation stone Wednesday for the nuclear plant in Rooppur in the country's northwest.
An initial reactor is expected to start generating 1,000 megawatts of power by 2018. A second reactor would later double that capacity to 2,000 megawatts.
Bangladesh signed a deal with Russian state-owned nuclear giant Rosatom in 2011 to build the plant. Russia agreed to provide low-cost loans to finance 90 percent of the project.
Bangladesh's decades-old gas-fired power plants are unable to generate enough electricity for the country's 150 million people, with a daily shortfall of about 2,000 megawatts.