The building work for items 5 and 6 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) commenced as we speak with the primary concrete pouring into the inspiration plate of the reactor constructing, the NPCIL mentioned, marking an necessary milestone in ramping up the nation’s nuclear energy capability.
Russia’s Rosatom and the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), a public sector enterprise of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), are constructing six energy reactors of 1,000-MW every at Kudankulam, about 625 kilometres from Chennai.
On completion, the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant would be the highest nuclear energy technology park within the nation.
Its unit 1 and unit 2 are in operation whereas items 3 and 4 are below building and at present have reached about 50 per cent progress.
The NPCIL mentioned in a press release the development of items 5 and 6 is scheduled to be accomplished by 2026-2027.
“The construction of Units 5 and 6 at Kudankulam commenced today with the placement of First Pour of Concrete (FPC). The First Pour of Concrete is an important milestone in a nuclear power project that is reckoned as the start date of the project,” it added.
Rosatom, the State-run Russian firm tasked with constructing the reactor, mentioned in a separate assertion, (*5*)Due to anti-epidemiological restrictions, the ceremony was held by way of video convention,” it added.
The ceremony was attended by senior officials of the DAE, including Atomic Energy Commission Chairman VN Vyas, the NPCIL and Rosatom.
The first concrete pouring was preceded by continuous preliminary work — concrete bedding for foundations of the reactor building, auxiliary reactor building with the main control room, turbine building and power supply building for normal operation, emergency power supply and safety control systems, the company said.
The General Framework Agreement (GFA) between India and Russia was signed on April 10, 2014 for the construction of units 3 and 4.
Negotiations between the two countries over the construction of unit 5 and 6 arrived at the agreement that these units would be constructed in compliance with the same design stipulated for units 3, 4.
On June 1, 2017, the credit protocol to the Intergovernmental Agreement of December 5, 2008 and the GFA for Kudankulam NPP Units 5, 6 were signed.
“or a few years, the Kudankulam NPP building mission has been an emblem of shut cooperation between Russia and India. However, we don’t wish to cease at what had already been achieved.
“Rosatom has all the most advanced nuclear power technologies. Together with our Indian colleagues we are ready to launch the serial construction of the state-of-the-art Generation III+ Russian-designed nuclear power units at a new site in India. It is stipulated by the existing agreements,” Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev mentioned through the occasion.
Russian enterprises are already manufacturing gear required for the primary precedence set up, the gear for the reactor services and turbine corridor for Unit 5, the corporate added.
According to NPCIL, unit 1 at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant commenced industrial operation on December 31, 2014, whereas Unit II on March 31, 2017.
India’s current put in nuclear energy capability is 6,780 MW via 22 reactors.
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