On October 10, 2021 Director General of ROSATOM Alexey Likhachev arrived in Bangladesh with a working visit. The visit of the Head of the company was timed to the completion of the installation of the reactor pressure vessel at Rooppur NPP Unit 1 which was performed from September 14 to October 10, 2021.
Alexey Likhachev and H.E. Sheikh Hasina Wazed, Honorable Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, launched the final stage of the installation of the reactor pressure vessel at Rooppur NPP construction site in Ishwardi district. The installation of the reactor pressure vessel started on 14 September 2021. In the course of this operation during the next two weeks, the reactor was moved via the transportation lock inside the reactor building containment. After that the 334-ton structure was installed into the design position with a polar crane with a tolerance of one tenth of millimeter.
Alexey Likhachev emphasized the significance of the completed reactor pressure vessel installation and underlined that the well-coordinated work of the specialists of ROSATOM and their colleagues from Bangladesh was bringing the country closer to its goal of nuclear power industry development. “Today Rooppur NPP has witnessed the important milestone of the year of 2021 – the reactor pressure vessel of Unit No 1 has been installed in the design position. The high qualification of the specialists and the thorough preparation ensured the performance of the works with a pinpoint precision. Rooppur NPP project that is being implemented in Bangladesh has accumulated the best Russian practice and dozens of years of experience and scientific thought. The unique combination of active and passive systems of the power units will ensure safe operation of the power plant and guarantee the declared level of electricity generation. The development of nuclear power industry will not only resolve the problem of energy supply in Bangladesh but will also contribute to the development of the region and enhance the living standards of the people. Cooperation between Russia and Bangladesh is of strategic character. I am confident that many more other mutual projects both in the field of power engineering and other areas are yet to be implemented by Russian and Bangladeshi specialists”, pointed out Alexey Likhachev.
H.E. Sheikh Hasina, Honorable Prime Minister, thanked the colleagues from ROSATOM and emphasized once again that the construction of the NPP is crucial for the development of the country: “Today is a day of pride for us as the Reactor Pressure Vessel is being set up at unit-1 of Rooppur Nuclear Plant. And by this we confirm our strong presence in the nuclear world through using nuclear technology for peaceful purpose. After being convinced about safety and management of nuclear waste at the meeting with President Putin, i decided to go for nuclear. Thanks to Russia for extending their support in implementing the Rooppur project. Through earning of knowledge about the most modern technology like nuclear by our young generation will help them aquire special qualification and skill. As this technology doesn’t have carbon emmission, hence it is eco-friendly and and help fight adverse effect of climate change. This power station will help us achieve SDG goals by 2030 in line with our development plan and facilitate graduation to a developed nation in 2041”.
After the successful completion of the reactor pressure vessel installation, ROSATOM Director General and Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh continued discussion in the course of a closed meeting where the issues of strategic cooperation between Rosatom State Corporation and Bangladesh were raised.
The installation into the design position of VVER-1200 reactor pressure vessel of Unit 1 was performed in several stages. At first, Liebherr-11350 heavy caterpillar crane raised the reactor pressure vessel on the transportation portal of the power unit. Then the reactor vessel was moved to the central hall of the reactor building on a special transportation trolley. Further, the polar crane put the reactor pressure vessel into the vertical position and installed it on the support ring in the reactor pit. Prior to the installation, the VVER-1200 reactor pressure vessel manufactured by AEM-Technology (the weight of the reactor pressure vessel is 334.2 tons, its length is 12 meters) underwent the incoming inspection in accordance with all the regulatory requirements.
The Rooppur NPP site is located on the eastern bank of the Ganges River in Pabna district at a distance of about 160 km northwest of the city of Dhaka, the capital of the Republic of Bangladesh. The facility is designed and constructed by ROSATOM Engineering Division. The nuclear power plant will consist of two VVER-1200 reactor power units, their life cycle is expected to be 60 years with a possible extension of the service life for another 20 years. The Russian design with VVER-1200 reactors that had been successfully implemented at Novovoronezh NPP- 2 was selected for the first NPP in Bangladesh. This is an evolutionary Gen III+ design which fully complies with all international safety requirements.