Rosatom’s Atomstroyexport rewarded the contract for civil construction works on the turbine island for Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant Unit 1 to Bangladesh company Max Infrastructure Ltd. The deal worth USD 110 million was signed in Dhaka.
Max Infrastructure Ltd. is the joint venture of Bangladesh MAX Group (60%) and Indian Hindustan Construction Company Ltd. (40%).
MAX Group has experience in Rooppur nuclear power plant construction project. It has built the common facilities of the construction base at the site.
Hindustan Construction Company Ltd. has constructed 65% of India’s installed nuclear power capacity, including two units of Kudankulam nucNPP with Russian-designed VVER-1000 reactors. Since India is not a member of Nuclear Suppliers Group, Indian companies may only be involved in the construction of non-nuclear facilities related to the NPP overseas.
The first nuclear power plant in Bangladesh – Rooppur NPP – is based on the same design that is used for Novovoronezh II in Russia and will have VVER-1200 reactors. This Generation III+ design is fully compliant with international safety standards. The Rooppur project follows the defense-in-depth concept that provides for multiple defense levels and mitigation of accidents and human error, thus securing environmental safety. The containment of Russian reactors is able to withstand severe natural disasters, which is extremely important for a country facing regular hurricanes and floods. The construction of Unit 1 began in November 2017.