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Hindustan Construction Company Ltd (HCC) in a joint venture with a leading construction company in Bangladesh MAX Group has been awarded a contract by JSC Atomstroyexport, Russia’s State Nuclear Company, for the construction of Turbine Island for Unit 1 of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.
According to a recent press release from HCC, the worth of this contract is US$ 110 million (Rs.737 crore) and HCC has 40% share in the joint venture with the MAX Group. The Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant is located at 190 km northwest of Dhaka. The plant will be built with Russian Technology and will have two VVER Reactors of 1200 MW each which are similar to similar to the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu.
India has recently signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement with Government of Bangladesh under which India is going to provide the nuclear power expertise as well as project support for the Bangladesh’s first nuclear power plant. As India is not so far included in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), India is not eligible to participate directly in any construction activity of atomic power reactors however Indian companies can take part in construction and installation works as well as in the supply of equipment of non-critical category.
HCC has wide portfolio as far as India’s installed nuclear power capacity is concerned. HCC has built 15 out of 24 nuclear reactors in India. The largest light water reactors installed at Kudankulam nuclear power plant were built by HCC in 2010. Nuclear power projects on which HCC is currently working on are Nuclear Recycle Plant of BARC in Tarapur, Fast Reactor Fuel Cycle Facility (FRFCF) in Kalpakkam and Units 7 & 8 (2×700 MW) PWHR at Rawatbhata, Kota, Rajasthan.
Credits: HCC Press Release