Bangladesh enters nuclear era

A stepping stone towards a bright future

Published : 18 Sep 2023 08:09 PM

Bangladesh has entered the Nuclear era as it has become the 33rd nuclear power-generating country through the country’s first ever Nuclear power plant, Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP). Reportedly, the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant is expected to add 2,400MW of electricity to the national grid by 2024, helping the country meet an increasing electricity demand. The plant will continue generating electricity for 80 years without break after its inauguration.

The Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) project, the country's biggest-ever power project, will be implemented as per the election manifesto of the current government in 2008. Experts opined, the RNPP project has no fear of any accident as the plant is going to be implemented under a five-layer security measure with a Russian-made security arrangement.

Moreover, this nuclear reactor is capable of facing natural calamities like hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes. If any accident occurs, the radiation of the reactor will not spread among humans. This reactor won’t release smoke and create no sound. A special and experienced security unit will be formed with personnel from all forces of the country to strengthen the security of the plant.

The plant will continue generating electricity 

for 80 years without break 

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Nevertheless, there are other solutions as well than nuclear power production to meet our growing electricity demand. As we are a growing economy, more industries will be introduced, increasing the electricity demand. Bangladesh is expected to reach a demand of 50,000 MW by the year 2041. Given our desire to become a Smart Bangladesh, we must produce most if not all of our energy from renewable energy sources as soon as possible.

Still, the Rooppur power plant is a significant stepping stone and to make it a success we must keep our eyes proficient on the future. The Rooppur power plant needs to be set up appropriately. The hierarchy has to be acquainted so that there are no postponements to the projected schedule. Large-scale projects such as this are a source of irregularities, so appropriate audit and financial reporting must be safeguarded.