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Bangladesh Starts Work on First Nuclear Plant

4 October 2013

Bangladesh has begun work on its first nuclear power plant, which is to have two Russian-designed reactors and cost up to $4 billion. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation stone Wednesday for the nuclear plant in Rooppur in the country’s northwest. An initial reactor is expected to start generating 1,000 megawatts of power by 2018. Bangladesh signed a deal with Russian state-owned nuclear giant Rosatom in 2011 to build the plant. Russia agreed to provide low-cost loans to finance 90 percent of the project. The International Atomic Energy Agency gave Bangladesh approval in 2007 to build a nuclear power plant. —AP