India collaborates with Russia to construct nuclear plant

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India is all set to collaborate with Russia to build the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Bangladesh.

This will be India’s first atomic energy venture abroad and first such collaboration on an atomic energy project in a third country.

“We are collaborating with our Russian and Bangladeshi partners on establishing the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Bangladesh,” announced India’s Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Sekhar Basu at the 61st general conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna.

New Delhi, along with 48 other nations are a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group that controls the export of materials, equipment and technology.

India and Bangladesh signed three MoUs on cooperation in the civil nuclear sector during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to New Delhi in April this year.

The agreement allows the two sides to collaborate in manufacture equipment and material for the atomic power plant.

According to an understanding titled “Strategic Vision for Strengthening Cooperation in Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy”, reached between India and Russia, the “two sides will explore opportunities for sourcing materials, equipment and services from Indian industry for the construction of the Russian-designed nuclear power plants in third countries”.

The Rooppur project, which is being built by Russia, will be Bangladesh’s first atomic energy project. With the completion of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, Bangladesh will be the third South Asian country after India and Pakistan to connect energy from atomic fission.