First batch of uranium reaches Rooppur plant

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The first batch of uranium, the nuclear fuel for the Rooppur nuclear power plant, reached at the project site in Ishwardi upazila of Pabna on Friday under special security arrangements following international guidelines.

The vehicles, carrying the fresh uranium, entered the Muladuli area of the upazila around 12 noon.

The vehicles left from Dhaka by road Friday morning. Meanwhile, due to the safety measures the vehicular movement on Pabna-Dhaka Highway had been halted for few hours.

The fuel was carried in special vehicles escorted by vehicles of the armed forces, fire brigade, health service personnel, and other necessary security arrangements.

Officer-in-charge of Hatikumrul Highway Police Station Badrul Kobir said all kind of vehicles is barred to ply the road from Sirajganj to Dhaka around 8am on Friday and later resumed.

According to official sources, the consignment of uranium arrived here from Russia on Thursday afternoon through a special air cargo.

Director General of the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom Aleksey Likhachev will hand over the fuel officially to the project authority in the Rooppur project on October 5, the sources said.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Russian President Vladimir Putin are likely to join the function virtually.

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