Bangladesh has approved a deal with Russia to build a nuclear power plant to help deal with the country's power shortages.
Press secretary to Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Abdul Kalam Azad, said the approval came at a Cabinet meeting late Monday.
Bangladesh plans to set up the plant at Rooppur, more than 100 kilometers north of the capital, Dhaka.
The country of 150 million people experiences a daily shortfall of about 2,000 megawatts of power. Additionally, most of its power plants are aging and fueled by gas or coal.
Bangladesh has been looking for options to generate more electricity because gas reserves have fallen and most of its coalfields remain untouched.