Dhaka – International Atomic Energy Agency has assured all out support to Bangladesh implement its nuclear power plant, which is now under construction in northern Pabna district.
The assurance came at a meeting between Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and visiting IAEA director general Yukiya Amano on Tuesday in Dhaka, according to the Prime Minister’s Office.
The Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said IAEA chief expressed satisfaction over the security measures Bangladesh has taken to implement the nuclear power plant at Rooppur.
Russia has been assisting Bangladesh to implement the project which will produce nearly 1,000 mega-watts of electricity.
“Overall steps relating to Nuclear Power Plant are much more advanced than thought earlier,” Yukiya Amano was quoted to have said by Karim.
He is happy to see strong leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and enthusiasm of the people for the power plant, he added.
In response, Prime Minister Hasina sought Support of IAEA and apprised him of three layer protection measures. Training of the technicians of the projects has already started, she said.
Yukiyo Amano thanked the Prime Minister for the ratification of the Convention on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and Nuclear Facilities (CPPNM-NF). Nuclear energy could be used in all sectors including agriculture sector, he said.
Hasina expressed her desire for a second nuclear power plant in the country saying such plants are required as consumption of electricity was increasing gradually due to improvement of the living standard of the people.
Science and Technology Minister Yafes Osman, Principal Secretary Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, chief coordinator on SDG affairs Md Abul Kalam Azad attended the meeting.