October 20, 2021, 12:50 am
Dewan Sabuj, Ishwardi (Pabna): The operation of the country’s first nuclear power plant at Rooppur in Ishwardi will require about 13,000 skilled and indirect manpower. Experts at a seminar on “Contribution of Rooppur NPP Construction to Sustainable Development of Bangladesh” held at the Nuclear Information Center in Ishwardi on Wednesday (September 16th) afternoon said that about 21,000 people are currently engaged in the construction work. The seminar was jointly organized by Rosatom State Corporation, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and AtomstroExport (ASE) with local journalists.
The seminar said manpower would be required for two reactors at Rooppur for reloading, tanning, overhauling and power generation from the power plant. (1200 + 1200) The Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, which has the capacity to generate 2400 MW of electricity, will start commercial operations in 2023 and 2024.
Natalia Goncharova, Communications Specialist, ASE Group, presented the keynote address on “Sustainable Development in Engineering”.
Konstantin Fokin, chief expert at Moscow’s JSC AtomstroyExport, spoke on “the power of the Rosatom nuclear education system for the Rooppur NPP construction project.”
“Rosatom has received a ৮ 137 billion order to build a nuclear power plant abroad,” said Konstantin Fokin. “69 students have graduated from Rosatom Quota Comp and 27 of them have been appointed to BAC. He assured to discuss the issue of cooperation with Rosatom for launching nuclear science courses in Dhaka and other public universities like BUET.
Natalia Goncharova, an expert in the communications department at ASE, said the completion of the Rooppur nuclear power plant would create 2,500-3,000 high-quality experts to operate. The power plant will also indirectly employ tens of thousands of people.
According to communications experts, the power plant will provide affordable and clean electricity to more than 1.5 million households across the country.
Alexander Bebekev, Deputy Director General, Energy of the Feature, Rosatom and Dr. Farhad Kamal, Bangladeshi Consultant spoke on the occasion.