India has “closely approached” the stage of the provision of a site for the construction with Russia’s participation of a new nuclear power plant and has planned budget allocations for the project for the next five years (2012-2017),
Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev told Russian journalists last week after a meeting with the Indian leadership.
“For the first time the Indian side at the negotiations has said that funds are allocated for the construction of the next site,” he stressed. The RF Security Council secretary recalled that in 2010, Russia and India signed a roadmap that provides for the serial construction of 14 – 16 nuclear power units.
According to Patrushev, the geographical location of the new site has not been disclosed. However, it is not for the third and fourth reactors at the Kudankulam NPP in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, which is stipulated by a separate agreement, and not the Haripur NPP in West Bengal.
At the moment, the construction of the first power unit at the Kudankulam NPP has been completed. Next year it is planned to complete the second. The agreement on the construction of the third and fourth power units is practically ready for signing.
The construction of the first power unit of the Kudankulam NPP is going in accordance with the international agreement of November 20, 1988 and an addendum thereto dated June 21, 1998. The customer is the Indian Atomic Energy Corporation, which performs the construction, installation and commissioning work at the NPP site and the plant’s commissioning. The governments of India and Russia in 2008 signed an agreement on the second phase on the construction of additional nuclear power units at the Kudankulam site.
Nikolai Patrushev last Thursday took part in a meeting of BRICS high representatives that are in charge of security issues. Secretary of the Russian Security Council also held bilateral talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon.
NEW DEHLI, January 14 (Itar-Tass)