‘France ready to help Bangladesh build nuclear power station’

November 2nd, 2008 - 7:59 am ICT by IANS  

Dhaka, Nov 2 (Xinhua) France’s envoy to Dhaka Charley Causeret has said that his country was ready to help build a nuclear power station in Bangladesh. “Bangladesh can benefit from France’s expertise to initiate a nuclear power policy,” he said at a seminar titled ‘Power Sector Management: Bangladesh Perspective’ held here Saturday.

The offer came at a time when Bangladesh is experiencing huge power shortage that consumes almost two percent of the country’s GDP growth (gross domestic product).

M. Tamim, special assistant to chief adviser for Bangladesh’s power and energy ministry, emphasised the need for improving management of the power sector and urged politicians to evolve a strategy for the purpose.

Currently, Bangladesh generates about 3,600 MW power against a demand for over 5,000 MW. To mitigate the crisis, the government has been considering various options, including setting up of nuclear and coal-based power plants.

The country has already obtained a positive nod from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in this regard.

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