B'desh to submit its nuclear power plant plan to IAEA by Oct 15

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Dhaka, Sep 23 (UNI) Bangladesh will submit a comprehensive plan to the IAEA by October 15 to install a 600-1000 MW nuclear power plant in the country at a cost of 1.2 billion dollars.

Talking to reporters here today, Energy Advisor Tapan Chowdhury said, " A high profile IAEA team, headed by its Deputy Director General Werner Burkart, will arrive here between November and December to evaluate the safety and security issues concerning the proposed plant." Mr Chowdhury said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had assured of its full support to the plant in the country. IAEA Director General Mohamed El Baradei with whom he had a successful meeting assured him of providing full technical support to the Bangladesh plan for setting up the nuclear power plant he added.

Mr Chowdhury, who had attended the 51st General Conference of IAEA from September 17-21 in Vienna, said the IAEA chief wanted to know about the seriousness of the proposal. "We told him that we are serious as we're looking for alternative energy sources other than our gas and coal resources." Replying to a question, the Energy Advisor said delegations from neighbouring India, Pakistan, China and Russia also attended the IAEA General Conference and all of them had pledged technical cooperation to the plan.

"During our bilateral discussions, response from all these countries are very positive and we are very excited to have such positive response from them, their attitudes are very positive," the Advisor said.

Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Shafiqul Islam Bhuiyan said they could set up the proposed 600 MW nuclear power plant by 2015 if its plan was approved by the IAEA and it would require 1.2 billion dollars of investment.

Bangladesh has a pre-independence plan to set up a nuclear power plant in Ruppur in northern Bangladesh. It had conducted a feasibility study for three possible sites for such a power plant.

but , no nuclear plant has so far been installed.

However, the government has now become serious about the project and a high-profile delegation had already visited South Korea last month to discuss development of a nuclear power plant.


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