Bangladesh, Russia sign nuclear power plant deal

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Posted: Nov 02, 2011 7:55 AM
Bangladesh, Russia sign nuclear power plant deal

A government official says Bangladesh and Russia have signed a cooperation deal to build a nuclear power plant in the energy-starved South Asian nation.

Bangladesh's junior Science and Technology Minister Yeafesh Osman says he and Russia's Rosatom State Corporation Director-General Sergei Kiriyenko signed the agreement on Wednesday for the nation's first such plant at Rooppur in Pabna district, 75 miles (120 kilometers) north of the capital, Dhaka.

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Bangladesh now relies on decades-old gas-fired power plants and suffers a daily shortfall of about 2,000 megawatts that is blamed for hampering industrial production and economic growth.