It is the biggest development initiative not only for its project cost, but also because its construction is the evidence that we do have the courage and conviction that are necessary for undertaking such modern, scientific, safety and security related highly technological intensive such as nuclear technology for production of electricity. The source of our courage and conviction is the dream of the Father of our nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The Roopppur NPP consists of two VVER type (AES-2006) reactors each with a 1200 MW(e) gross electricity generation capacity. The referential project for Rooppur NPP is Novovoronezh II NPP in Russia, which is a unique new Generation 3+ power unit with two VVER-1200 reactor units. Bangladesh started preparatory construction activities in 2013 with technical and financial assistance of Russian Federation. Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched the nuclear power construction of the country’s first nuclear plant on 30 November, 2017 by
pouring concrete at the construction site of the Unit-1 of Rooppur NPP. For 60 years, Bangladesh has had a dream of building its own NPP. The first concrete pouring of Rooppur NPP on 30 November 2017 was a milestone in the national development programme, it was a step to forward to realize of the dream. Bangladesh has becoming a proud member of the socalled elite “Nuclear Club” through this event. The Prime Minister will also inaugurate the first concrete pouring ceremony of the Unit-2 of Rooppur NPP on 14 July 2018. The two units generating 2,400 MWe will be operational in 2023 and 2024. For 60 years, Bangladesh has had a dream of building its own nuclear power plant.
The Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant will provide not only low cost electricity, it will provide clean, reliable electricity that will be delivered 24/7, so that people can meet their needs and aspirations without harming the environment. It will also enhance our knowledge and allow us to increase our economic efficiency and security awareness.