Bangladesh has made noticeable progress in implementing the recommendations of an IAEA Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission, a team of experts concluded earlier this month. The experts found that a majority of the recommendations and suggestions have been acted on, but considerable work remains as Bangladesh moves forward in developing its infrastructure for a nuclear power programme. The 2011 INIR mission had provided recommendations and suggestions to develop an action plan for the establishment of the country’s nuclear infrastructure.
The expert team, made up of IAEA and international experts, conducted a follow-up INIR mission from 10 to 14 May to assess the progress and assist in prioritizing further infrastructure development activities.
The expert team has identified the following main achievements:
Last year, Bangladesh signed a general contract with Atomstroyexport from the Russian Federation for the construction of two VVER1200 nuclear power reactors at the Rooppur site, said Milko Kovachev, Head of the IAEA’s Nuclear Infrastructure Development Section, who led the follow-up INIR mission. “Bangladesh has chosen a turn-key contractual option, financed by a sovereign loan from Russia.”
Although Bangladesh has initiated responses to all recommendations and suggestions from the 2011 mission, the implementation of some of these needs further attention, the team concluded. This includes, for example, further strengthening the national project plan to reflect the actual status of the programme and its future challenges. It suggested that a national and institutional human resource plan be finalized, and a national communication strategy for stakeholder involvement and public information be put in place. Policies for the management of low and medium level radioactive waste should be formally approved, the team said.
The country’s Government decided in 2000 to include nuclear power in its national energy mix, as part of the Bangladesh’s efforts to address a rapidly increasing demand for energy, improve economic development and reduce dependence on natural gas. The Government subsequently requested an INIR mission. These missions enable IAEA Member State representatives to have in-depth discussions with international experts about experiences and best practices in infrastructure development.
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