ARKANSAS, Sept 26 (Future Headlines)- In a significant milestone for the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Bangladesh, Russia’s state nuclear corporation, Rosatom, has announced the completion of the installation of the steel structures of the outer containment dome for Unit 2 in record time. This achievement marks a crucial step in the construction of the plant and underlines the commitment of both countries to advancing nuclear energy for sustainable power generation.
The outer containment dome, a crucial component of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, was installed with remarkable efficiency. The installation process occurred in two stages. The lower part of the dome structure, weighing a substantial 200 tons and boasting a diameter of 46.3 meters, was successfully positioned in its designated location during the previous week. The upper portion of the dome structure, weighing 129 tons and having a diameter of 34.5 meters, has now also been installed at a height of 57.1 meters. This achievement elevates the construction height of the dome to 63.9 meters, which will further increase to 65.4 meters following the concreting process.
What makes this accomplishment particularly noteworthy is the speed at which it was executed. Rosatom stated, “Specialists of the Engineering Division have set a record – they installed the outer containment dome in two days.” This rapid installation process demonstrates the efficiency and expertise of the teams involved in the Rooppur project. The Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant is designed based on Russia’s VVER-1200 reactor model, which features a double containment system. The primary purpose of this dual-layered containment building is to ensure the integrity and airtightness of the reactor building. Moreover, it plays a critical role in containing radioactive substances in the event of any unforeseen incidents.
The inner containment structure around the reactor building of Rooppur Unit 2 was installed in June 2022 and subsequently concreted in May 2023. This component provides a crucial layer of protection around the reactor core. The recent installation of the outer containment dome adds another layer of safety and security to the entire plant. This dome, with its impressive dimensions and rapid installation, is a testament to the rigorous safety standards adhered to in the project.
The Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant project is a testament to international collaboration and cooperation in advancing nuclear energy. It is the result of an agreement signed in February 2011 between Rosatom and the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) for the construction of two reactors at Rooppur. The initial contract for this ambitious project, valued at USD 12.65 billion, was signed in December 2015. The Rooppur plant is home to two Russian VVER-1200 reactors, a modern and efficient design known for its safety features and reliable performance. Construction of the first unit at Rooppur commenced in November 2017 and is scheduled to be commissioned in 2024. Subsequently, construction of the second unit began in July 2018. Located approximately 160 kilometers from the capital city of Dhaka, the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant holds significant promise for meeting the growing energy demands of Bangladesh.
The progress made in the construction of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant carries several important implications for Bangladesh’s energy landscape. As Bangladesh seeks to diversify its energy sources, nuclear power offers a reliable and sustainable option. The Rooppur plant’s dual containment system and safety measures align with global best practices. The nation’s increasing energy demand, particularly in urban areas, necessitates the development of clean and efficient power sources like nuclear energy.
Nuclear power provides a low-carbon alternative to fossil fuels, contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and addressing climate change concerns. Moreover, nuclear power strengthens energy security by reducing reliance on imported fuels and stabilizing energy costs over the long term. As the project progresses, it holds the promise of meeting Bangladesh’s growing energy needs while reducing its carbon footprint. The Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant serves as a shining example of international cooperation in realizing a brighter and more sustainable energy future.
Writing by Sarah White