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IAEA to help Dhaka build nuclear power plant

IAEA gave Dhaka a "green light" to explore nuclear power for electricity generation installing a proposed nuclear energy-run power plant in northwestern Pabna.

world Updated: Sep 18, 2007 14:39 IST

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has assured Bangladesh of providing assistance in setting up a nuclear power plant to aid Dhaka meet its growing power demand, a report said here today.



The assurance came when energy adviser of the interim government Tapan Chowdhury called on deputy Director General and head of nuclear energy of International Nuclear Energy Authority Yuri Sokolov in Vienna yesterday, the private UNB news agency reported.



Chowdhury requested the international nuclear power watchdog to provide support for preparatory works and convince donors to provide assistance for the Rooppur Power Plant in northwestern Pabna, it said.



IAEA gave Dhaka a "green light" to explore nuclear power for electricity generation installing a proposed nuclear energy-run power plant in northwestern Pabna two months ago.



Bangladesh earlier this month sought Russian cooperation in exploring nuclear power to meet its growing energy demand while foreign adviser of the interim government Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury visited Moscow.



Earlier reports said South Korea was willing to extend support to develop the plan undertaken during the pre-independence Pakistan period.



Bangladesh is now faced with severe power crisis forcing authorities to ration electricity supply affecting industry as well as public life amid scorching summer sun.



Officials said against an estimated demand for at least 5,000 megawatts at peak time they struggle to produce 3,600 megawatts while experts said despite increased budgetary sanctions they saw no overnight solution to the problem.