Bangladesh Gets First Uranium Shipment From Russia

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    The Facts

    • On Thursday, Bangladesh secured its first shipment of uranium from Russia for its first nuclear power plant in Rooppur that's expected to support the country's electrical grid and improve its growing economy.

    • The uranium, which arrived in Bangladesh late last month, was turned over to the authorities at a ceremony in Ishwardi, in the northern district of Pabna, with Russia's Vladimir Putin and Bangladesh's Sheikh Hasina attending remotely.


    The Spin

    Pro-Russia narrative

    This delivery marks another significant step towards the completion of the high-tech, large-scale project in Rooppur that will help boost Bangladesh's economy. Given that the South Asian nation hasn't been self-sufficient in electricity, continued cooperation with Moscow in the nuclear energy realm is crucial to developing the country's energy sector as a whole.

    Anti-Russia narrative

    While nuclear power could be Russia's overlooked trump card in a decarbonizing world, the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant is a perfect example of how the Kremlin uses its nuclear energy engagements to gain political influence globally. Bangladesh is dangerously heading towards a path of dependency on Russian resources for a very long time.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 50% chance that at least 4% of global primary energy consumption will be produced by nuclear power in 2025, according to the Metaculus prediction community.


    Establishment split

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