The first reactor vessel and steam generator for Bangladesh’s first nuclear power plant (NPP), being constructed at Rooppur, have been shipped out from Russia in late August.Despite a number of restrictions due to the coronavirus, we managed to ship the first reactor vessel for the Rooppur NPP according to the contractual obligations. Further, our equipment has a long way to go – it will travel another 14,000 kilometers by sea to be at the construction site of the first nuclear power plant in Bangladesh by the end of this year. VVER-1200 reactor are characterized by an unprecedented level of safety, which allows them to be classified as Generation 3+. This has been achieved by the introduction of new ‘passive’ safety systems, which are able to function without operator intervention even when the station is completely de-energised. The life cycle of the reactors is 60 years with the possibility of further extension. The transportation of massive equipment – the reactor vessel weighs 333.6 tons, while the steam generator is 340 tons – is a complex logistic operation. The reactor vessel and the steam generator were separately transported by special automotive equipment to the pier of the Tsimlyansk water reservoir in Volgodonsk, in order to then sail to Novorossiysk, and from there – via the Black Sea and the Suez Canal – to the construction site on the east bank of the Padma river about 160 km from the Bangladesh capital Dhaka. In total, during 2018-2022, over 13,000 tons of unique equipment will be manufactured and shipped to Bangladesh.
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