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The main concreting work for the Auxiliary Reactor Building at Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) Unit 1 was completed eight months ahead of schedule.

According to Rosatom, the plant’s Russian contractor, the building is part of the “nuclear island” and is designed to house instrumentation and process control devices, UNB explains.

The construction period of the building was reduced by 241 days thanks to the optimization of logistics processes and was timely supplied with necessary resources such as materials and tools.

The average volume of concrete laid by the specialists of NIKIMT-Atomstroy represented 1,600 m3 per month instead of the 1,000 m3 planned, it specifies in a press release.

“The pace of work, achieved by NIKIMT-Atomstroy specialists, while meeting all stringent quality requirements, demonstrates the highest potential of Rooppur NPP construction workers,” said Alexey Deriy, vice-president of ASE and project manager for the construction of the Rooppur nuclear power station.

With such professionalism from our employees, we can safely say that the construction of Bangladesh’s first nuclear power plant will be completed on schedule, despite a series of challenges including the Covid-19 pandemic and a complex international situation, he added.

Reducing the duration of construction made it possible to reduce costs, first of all, by saving the semi-fixed part of overheads and by providing a significant number of highly qualified labor resources, which have already been engaged in performing other manufacturing tasks.

The Rooppur nuclear power plant will be equipped with two Russian VVER-1200 reactors with a total capacity of 2,400 MWe. It is a scalable Generation III+ design that is fully compliant with all international safety requirements. The Engineering Division of Rosatom State Corporation, Russia is the general designer and general contractor for the project.

According to the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC), the project’s executing agency, the first unit of the Rooppur nuclear power plant was expected to come into operation in 2022 and the second unit in 2024.

But later, the operation of the first unit was postponed for 2024 and the second unit for 2025.