Chinese Companies Lobby for Contract to Build Bangladesh’s Second Nuclear Plant

Three Chinese companies have started lobbying Bangladesh for a contract to build the nation’s second nuclear power plant, officials said, as the government pushed to finish its first multibillion-dollar Russian-backed nuclear reactor within five years.Mahbubul Hoq, chairman of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, told BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service, that officials of three Chinese companies met with him during the past few months and expressed interest in building the second nuclear plant, which is expected to cost 1.5 trillion taka (U.S. $18 billion).“The project is at the formative stage,” Hoq said Wednesday. “We are yet to decide who would build the plant.”“But the officials of Chinese companies came to my office and did show their interest in building the second nuclear power plant,” he said.Officials expect it to become operational by 2024, about a year from its original target date of completion. Previously, officials said the two reactors would be expected to produce a combined output of 2,400 megawatts per day.....................


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