Indian infrastructure company Hindustan Construction Company (HCC), in a joint venture with Bangladeshi construction company MAX Group, has won a $110m contract for civil works of Turbine Island for Unit 1 of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Bangladesh.
The contract has been awarded by Russia’s state nuclear company, JSC Atomstroyexport. HCC’s share in the joint venture is 40% ($44m).
The Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, located 190km away from Dhaka, will be built with Russian technology and equipped with two VVER Reactors of 1,200MW each. These reactors are similar to those at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu.
HCC director and group CEO Arjun Dhawan said: “HCC has become the first Indian company to participate in the international civil nuclear market. We are confident of delivering this job on time with precision in quality, safety, and state-of-the-art technology.
“We look forward to further project awards in Rooppur NPP and expanding our infrastructure footprint in Bangladesh.”
India has recently signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement with Bangladesh, under which India has extended expertise and project support for the neighbouring country’s first nuclear power plant.
India cannot participate directly in the construction of atomic power reactors as it is not a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). But Indian companies can participate in the construction and installation works and in the supply of equipment of non-critical category.
HCC is the only Indian company which has constructed a nuclear power project with Russian VVER type Light Water nuclear reactors.
The company has constructed 65% of the country’s installed nuclear power capacity and 15 of the 24 nuclear reactors in India have been built by HCC.
India’s largest light water reactors at Kudankulam nuclear power plant were built by HCC in 2010.
HCC is currently involved in the construction of the first phase of Integrated Nuclear Recycle Plant of BARC in Tarapur, Fast Reactor Fuel Cycle Facility (FRFCF) in Kalpakkam and Units 7 and 8 (2×700MW) PWHR at Rawatbhata, Kota, Rajasthan.